Tomoe Kamon Engraving
Tomoe - 「巴」 in Japanese.
It is rather difficult to ascertain what the Tomoe mon actually represents.
Comma-shaped designs are used throughout Asia: the double-comma circles of the Yin/Yang in China or on the South Korean flag, the triple-comma talisman present in several countries, etc.
Scholars in Japan are divided about the origin of the Tomoe mon. For some, it comes from the peculiar comma shape of the magatama, a sacred jewel and one of the Three Imperial Regalia. For others, it’s clearly linked to the Yin/Yang image. There is also a third theory, which proposes that the Tomoe mon comes from a tomo, a comma shaped piece of leather that was used a long time ago by archers to protect their left-wrist.
All three interpretations are interesting and the Tomoe mon was probably influenced by those three designs. There are in fact a few more opinions about the origins of the Tomoe (natural phenomena, ball lightning, worm-like insect) but they sound less convincing.
The Tomoe was a popular kamon, anyway, used by many people, temples and shrines as jimon and shinmon. Tomoe emblems were also very popular in the Okinawa heraldic system.
The Tomoe mon has more than 300 known variations.
Hidari Mitsu Tomoe (3 tomoe rotating to the left).
The most used Tomoe mon, and possibly the most used kamon ever. Encyclopaedias register more than 120 families and clans, and dozens of shrines and temples that used the Hidari Mitsu Tomoe, not including the Okinawa system.
Migi Mitsu Tomoe (3 tomoe rotating to the right).
Interestingly the right-rotating variation of the Mitsu Tomoe wasn’t as popular as the left one, with only a couple dozen users and a few shrines.
Maru ni Hidari Mitsu Tomoe (3 tomoe rotating to the left in a ring).
A common variation for the Hidari Mitsu Tomoe mon.
Maru ni Migi Mitsu Tomoe (3 tomoe rotating to the right in a ring).
A common variation for the Migi Mitsu Tomoe mon.
Hidari Futatsu Tomoe (2 tomoe rotating to the left).
The Futatsu Tomoe variation was also popular, but not as much as the Mitsu Tomoe.
Migi Futatsu Tomoe (2 tomoe rotating to the right).
Ooishi Kuranosuke, leader of the infamous 47 Ronin, used a Migi Futatsu Tomoe mon.
Maru ni Hidari Futatsu Tomoe (2 tomoe rotating to the left in a ring).
A common variation for the Hidari Futatsu Tomoe mon.
Maru ni Migi Futatsu Tomoe (2 tomoe rotating to the right in a ring).
A common variation for the Migi Futatsu Tomoe mon.
Nami Tomoe (tomoe wave).
A wave-shaped variation.
How to Order - Service Description
Select your Kamon size
1.5 cm fits on all weapons and is fairly small for a Kamon. We recommend this size only for Kamon with few details. Fits all weapons, including 24 mm Jo.
2 cm can be considered as standard. It fits on most weapons, except on the thinnest weapons such as the 24 mm Jo.
2.5 cm is fairly big and will not fit on thin Koryu Bokken, Tanto, Bo, Hanbo, and Jo.
If the selected size is too big for the ordered weapon, the Kamon will be adapted to the maximum engravable size.
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Select Kamon position
If you wish to offset the position in regard to a name engraving ordered from the product page, please use the "additional instructions" field.
If you order several weapons, please use the field "additional instructions" to specify which weapon should be engraved.
All special requests must be discussed prior to placing your order. If you have a doubt, email us before placing your order.
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This is not a product but an engraving service that can only be ordered as part of a simultaneous purchase with a product on which to engrave.
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