The shirasaya sword has a unique history and are quite popular among collectors. The word shirasaya translates “white scabbard” and describes the clean design of the scabbard, rather than the blade. A traditional Japanese shirasaya can house katanas, wakizashis, even tantos! Our shirasayas are made with the highest-quality materials in the traditional simple design. They complement and preserve their blades expertly. Whether you’re looking for a wakizashi to add to your collection or a ninja sword for battle, take a look at our selection of shirasaya swords for a simple, elegant design.
Shirasaya protected all types of blades, including yaris or spears. The main purpose of a shirasaya was to preserve the samurai sword blade when it was not being used. It was not meant to be used during combat because there was no tsuba or handle wrappings. As stated before, the shirasaya was designed to be a simple wooden scabbard. Occasionally, a sayagaki was, or an appraisal, was written on the scabbard. The shirasaya was extremely simple in comparison to the koshirae, a more detailed sword mounting technique. The simplicity of the shirasaya is a beautiful complement to any samurai sword or blade.