Omamori (御守 or, お守り) are Japanese amulets that are designed to convey good luck or certain protections to its bearer. While early amulets were made from wood or cloth and were only available from shrines, modern Omamori have evolved over time to be made from materials of all types and forms and are no longer exclusively acquired from shrines.
This particular Omamori has been engraved with the kanji for kenkō (健康) or good health, and is specifically designed to protect against sickness and keep its wearer healthy.
Forged from our high-carbon folded steel, every amulet is hand-crafted by our master smith and coated in gold. This takes place towards the end of the production process, where the batches of metals are cut and engraved.
Each amulet is approximately 2.5 inches long by 1.3 inches wide, and comes with a custom bamboo box.
In Japanese culture, the concept of 身代わり is an essential part of Omamori charms. Simply put, the term means "in place of" which is essentially the function of the charm; it acts as a substitute that draws evil and bad luck to itself and away from you.
It is believed in Japan that when an Omamori becomes damaged, dirty, or lost, it is serving its purpose by protecting you.
As the smith does not mix chromium into the metal, your Omamori should be kept away from water. We have applied a layer of lacquer to give the charm a measure of water resistance, but it is always better to be safe than sorry!