Wakugi (Nail)

Wakugi (Nail)
Also called nihonkugi, this nail was made of hand-wrought iron and was from 3 cm (1.18) to 60 cm (23.62) long. Wakugi were classified by the shape of the nail head. The oldest nail of this type had a square head. Other heads were flat or spiral in shape. The nails were used to secure roof tiles (yanegawara), to eave ends (nokisaki). Double-pointed nails were used to join two wooden members to make a line like a seam (nuime). This method appeared during the Heian-era (794-1185). At the Horyuji Goju-no-to (five- storey pagodas), 27 different types of nails have been identified, ranging in length from slightly over 3.03 cm to over 60.9 cm.

Horyuji is a Buddhist temple in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The temple is widely acknowledged to have some of the oldest wooden buildings (believed to have been built in 607 A.D.) existing in the world.

Even after 1,400 years, these Wakugi have no rust on the inside of the nail. They are called the 1000 years nail. Making Wakugi is the same as making the Samurai sword. Wakugi here are all made to order, so please allow 4-5 weeks to complete with any head shape and length.

Please note that these prices for the products in this "Wakugi" section vary widely, and all are made to order, so please contact us by e-mail for prices at: ogawaec@aol.com