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Drop shipping is a supply chain management technique in which the retailer does not keep goods in stock, but instead transfers customer orders and shipment details to either the manufacturer or a wholesaler, who then ships the goods directly to
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Fuchi, a cap type collar or ferrule which covers the opening in the handle tsuka of a Japanese sword. The tang nakago of the sword goes into the handle through a hole in the fuchi.


The habaki (鎺) is a piece of metal encircling the base of the blade of a Japanese bladed weapon. It has the double purpose of locking the tsuba (guard) in place, and to maintain the weapon in its saya (scabbard). A katana, a type of Japanese longsword, is
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The kashira is a butt cap (or pommel) on the end of the tsuka.


Historically, katana (刀) were one of the traditionally made Japanese swords (日本刀 nihontō) that were used in feudal Japan, also commonly referred to as a “samurai sword”.Modern versions of the katana are sometimes made using non-traditional materials and methods. The katana is characterized by its distinctive appearance:
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The seppa are washers used in front and behind the tsuba to tighten the fittings, seppa can be ornate or plain.


Shakudō (赤銅) is a billon of gold and copper (typically 4–10% gold, 96–90% copper) which can be treated to form an indigo/black patina resembling lacquer. Unpatinated shakudō visually resembles bronze; the dark color is induced by applying and heating rokushō, a special patination formula. Shakudō was historically used in Japan to construct or decorate katana fittings
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A shirasaya (白鞘), literally “white scabbard”, is a plain wooden Japanese blade mount consisting of a saya (scabbard) and tsuka (hilt), traditional made of nurizaya wood and used when a blade was not expected to see use for some time and needed to be stored. They were externally featureless save for the needed mekugi-ana to
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A tachi (太刀?) was a type of Japanese sword worn by the samurai class of feudal Japan. The tachi style of swords preceded the development of the katana — the first use of the word katana to indicate a blade different from tachi appears toward the end of the twelfth century. The
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Tameshigiri (試し斬り, 試し切り, 試斬, 試切) is the Japanese art of target test cutting. The kanji literally mean "test cut" (kun'yomi: ためし ぎり tameshi giri). This practice was popularized in the Edo period (17th century) for testing the quality of Japanese
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