Nihonto hand guard, very famous swordsman "Miyamoto Musashi" and his namako (sea cucumber) hand guard
Miyamoto Musashi was the greatest swordsman (1584-1645) in history. He used 2 swords at the same time and never lost in more than 60 battles. Legends have it that he fought with his sword when he was 13 years old for the first time. He fought Sasaki Kojiro at Ganryujima Island in 1612 in his last fight. There are many legends about the duel at the island. It is believed that he delayed getting to the island over an hour from the appointed time. Kojiro got angry waiting for Musashi, and couldn't recover his composure. When Musashi finally appeared and Kojiro drew his sword, he threw his sheath away. Then Musashi said, “You are lost, Kojiro. Those who need no sheath are those who will die.” And the words were true.