One is what is used on high quality swords - it is all that is needed when the tsuka is fit properly to the nakago. From all the (images of) nihonto I've seen, one mekugi seems to be the predominate arrangement. Two are used to make up for the fact that the tsuka is not fit properly to the nakago... some have gone so far to say that using two actually destabilises the fit, but I would only think that if they weren't aligned properly. However, I belive that I've seen polearms and the longer swords with more than one mekugi.
Post by Tom K. (ianflaer) on Jul 2, 2008 1:10:23 GMT -5
in the sub $300 range most swords have and SHOULD have two pegs preferably one being metal. the reason one peg is fine on high end customs and true nihonto is that the pegs and tsuka are not done the same way the production houses do it. the mekugi (peg) was not a straight barrel shaped peg on historical swords, as I understand it. rather, they were cone-shaped and drilled in such a way to increase the tightness of the handle as they were pushed in further. if you see a production katana with only one peg I would give it very serious second thoughts about wether it is safe to use. maybe it is, but I would be making darn sure before I swung it.
I didn't realise a lot of the production meguki were of a tube style... for example I have an el'cheapo katana (under $AUD100) and its two meguki are cone shaped, like my cheness with custom tsuka. The tsuka fit probably isn't as good, though, but it does slide in nicely. Given the circumstances you've described I do agree that two mekugi can be useful, but I'd certainly prefer a well fitted tsuka!
The musashi 1060 swords have 1 peg. But they do use the proper peg (which surprised the hell out of me when I first tried to disassemble one of their swords. I thought it would be the barrel pegs and was quite perplexed when I couldn't hammer it out...until I tried the other side ).
The tsuba is also a very nice fit. I wouldn't have any qualms about using one.
Yeah, the musashi 1060 line are well fitted. Regarding more than 1 peg. From what i know, Yari uses 2 pegs, same back then and now. No idea about other polearms or big swords. Well, yari has a longer tang than the blade so it's understandable.
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I did a little research and found that lots of older katana swords did have one mekugi peg,and also I agree that the musashi swords do have a good fit as I just looked at my wind katana and it has a very tight fit and a coned mekugi peg that gets tighter as it goes in.
my kaze has a straight tube shaped mekugi peg, and I have read that many hanwei and others are the same.
I find it strange because my tenchi has a tapered peg and (no surprise) so does my golden oriole. As far as I know your kaze is quite new (newer than my tenchi anyway) so I wonder why the pegs are different?
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I think it has all to do with the tsuka and how well its done,(tight fit) along with the Mekugi alinement and the Mekugi being coned makeing a good tight fit. (just my thoughts) Also I saw that my sensei's sword only has one as well,(both his real katana from japan and his other katana(I think from musashi) not shure.)