Buffalo horn has a long and storied history in Japan, dating back centuries to the time of the samurai. One of its most famous uses was in the art of sword making where it was most commonly used in the creation of the koiguchi (鯉口), or the mouth of the sheath.
The koiguchi had to be both sturdy and flexible, able to withstand the rigors of use and protect the blade of the sword from damage. Due to its durability, strength, and resistance to moisture, buffalo horn was the ideal material for this purpose.
In addition to its use in sword making, buffalo horn was also widely used in a variety of other traditional Japanese crafts, including combs, chopsticks, and other small items. Its natural patterns and hues made it a popular material for decorative and ornamental purposes, as well as creating a sense of connection to the natural world that was especially valued in Japanese culture.
Today, buffalo horn remains a symbol of traditional Japanese craftsmanship and artistry, a testament to the country's rich cultural heritage and enduring legacy of innovation and creativity.
Made from approximately 1.75 x 0.3 x 0.3 inches of the finest traditionally handcarved buffalo horn, The TSUNO pendant is a minimalistic and versatile piece that can be worn on any occasion. Its natural hues and organic patterns make each pendant unique, adding to its individual charm and appeal.
Seeking to embody Japanese elegance, the pendant features a simple yet sleek design that exudes an understated yet captivating allure. Its smooth edges and lustrous hue call to mind the graceful flow of a darkened river or the gentle stroke of an inky brush.
Custom engraving is also available for those who wish to personalize their pendants to their tastes. Simply select the "custom engraving" option, and send us an image of your design and order number to firstname.lastname@example.org
While each piece of horn will have a blackish hue, it is possible for there to be small inclusions or other natural patterns across its surface. As such, each piece is completely unique in its design - no two pendants will be alike.