Tsuka ito is available in silk or in high quality doeskin. To determine how much ito you need to rewrap a handle, take the measurement of your handle in inches and add 4 to that number. That is the number of feet you will need to wrap your tsuka. So, a 12 inch tsuka will require 16 feet of ito to wrap it correctly.
Hand Carved Netsuke
Netsuke have a long tradition in Japan. They are a form of functional art that has become a popularly collected item over the last two hundred years. Netsuke were used as a toggle to keep objects worn on the obi such as inryo, tobacco pipes, and purses from sliding through. Netsuke were intricately carved from ivory or wood, and were greatly prized by Samurai.