The dragonfly, or Tombo as it's called in Japanese, is also referred to as
Katsumushi”(victory insect) since antiquity.
The dragonfly is said to
only fly straight ahead. Unable to fly backwards, it thus became a symbol of the
spirit to “never give up” and “never retreat”. During the Sengoku era, this
quality was especially admired by warriors, and it got the name of “Katsumushi”
as a symbol of sure victory. Nowadays, it’s liked for the same reasons by
practitioners of Budo all over the world.
This Katsumushi Koshirae is
inspired by the dragonfly which aggressively flies straight ahead. The
Katsumushi Koshirae features the Tombo on both the Menuki and Fuchi/Kashira. The
Tsuba is also inscribed with a dragonfly, making this sword itself, a symbol of
victory. The blade is made with aluminum/zink alloy. The Katsumushi Koshirae are fashioned individually in Kyoto, which was
the stage for many historic battles waged with the spirit of the Tombo. The Iaito also comes with a certificate with the “Kyoto Japan” Mark.
The "Kyoto Japan" Mark is a mark endorsed by the Kyoto Industry Development Consortium and it's given to companies that protects and develops the traditional craftsmanship in Kyoto, domestically and overseas.
As the Suzuku series of Iaito are made in Kyoto, Tozando has been certified to use the "Kyoto Japan" mark with the Suzaku series of Iaito.