The Japanese Samurai tradition is a storied one, one that inspires boys around the world and still evokes excitement among a much older crowd. The weapon of choice for the samurai, the Katana, is incomplete without the Tsuba. The Tsuba is a guard that sits atop the handle, between the blade and the fingers. The Tsuba is designed to prevent an enemy's blade from sliding down the length of the sword and striking the fingers, as this could prove fatal in close combat. However, the function of the Tsuba is not relegated to protection, as it also is essential to the balance of the sword. Tsubas are known for their finely decorated surfaces, which are often carved with intricate figures. Some depict lotus ponds, others, fleeing enemies. Tsuba iron is very strong and durable. Without the tsuba, no Katana sword would stand the test of battle. You can find many prime examples of the Tsuba on sale in the large inventory on eBay. There, the full range of functional and aesthetic pieces can be found. The Tsuba continues to find use in decorative and historic fields.