The Sword Handguard is a Hazuki family heirloom which, prior to his death, Iwao Hazuki had given to Keizo Oishi of the Bunkado Antiques to polish and store. The heirloom is passed down between the Hazuki family members on their 18th birthday.
After Ryo learns of the existence of the Phoenix Mirror and Ine tells him that his father had something stored at the Bunkado Antiques, Ryo pays a visit. But the item in storage turns out to be the sword handguard, rather than the mirror.
Together with a sword found in the Hazuki Dojo, the sword handguard form part of a key that opens up the secret entrance to a hidden basement underneath the Dojo.
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