The Weeping Empress

What does 'kashira' mean?

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sword pommel or buttcap

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Chapter 6: Chapter 6
"...she was certain she could hold them steady. Guibniu waited patiently. Finally Chiyo took a deep breath and held it in both hands, measuring the weight of it and feeling the hard spine beneath the silk. Untying the cord, she let the cloth fall away naturally. She watched the kashira (pommel), tsuka (handle), fuchi (collar), tsuba (guard), and saya (scabbard) slowly appear. Each was a treasure in itself, like watching a beautiful flower unfold and bloom from a tight bud. ..."
"... behind. The kashira was formed into the head of a baku (nightmare eater). He stared back at her with his trunk curled tightly under his tusks as if waiting for nightfall. She’d been told the tale of this appropriate totem for her and was certain he would never starve in her company. She ..."

Chapter 15: Chapter 15
"...any reinforcements. They parried back and forward. He knocked her blade away. She thrust and caught nothing but fabric. He swung and missed as she yielded like the proverbial reed in a river. He brought his sword high, and she spun, hitting him hard in the kidney with the kashira at the end of her hilt. He bellowed in anger and pain. Swinging around, he chose the wrong direction, and she was able to fit her blade snuggly into his throat. Putting the weight of her body into the forward motion, she felt it slide through and out the ..."

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