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Tiaan Burger posted a topic in Show and TellIt has been a while since I made anything worth showing. I spend the last couple of weeks making a full koshirae for a large tanto blade supplied by a client. By large I mean 305mm blade length which is standard, but extremely wide. 33mm wide at the habaki, with no sori, which just made fitting the saya and especially the kogai a real pain in the neck. The blade is Namban tetsu, a.k.a. Southern Barbarian Steel (1070), and since I did not make it I am not showing it. The tosogu are all copper with a dark patina as per the client spec. The handle and sheath (tsuka and saya) were made from yelutong, a very light but tough wood. It was my second attempt at tsukamaki, and to tell the truth, I would rather have someone else do it. Wrapping handles is not my cup of tea. Most of the carving was done using the kata-kiri bori technique. Questions and comments welcome.
Tosogu for a tanto
Tiaan Burger posted a topic in Show and TellTosogu for a tanto A very pleasurable commission I received a while back was to make tosogu (metal fittings) for a tanto to match an existing katana. The tsuba was carved out of mild steel, the habaki, fuchi and kashira were made of copper, and the seppa were cut from brass sheet. I tried to get a bit of an aged feeling on the tsuba, it almost worked, seems I have a bit of learning and experimenting to do before I get it "just right". Comments and questions welcome