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This is my First attempt at producing Japanese sword fittings or any sword fittings. Im really enjoying this and welcome any feedback to enrich my journey into a deeper understanding of the art. the following photo was taken of the porous structure after breaking the shibuichi into manageable sizes following is some in progress of forming annealing and rolling the following is tsuba layout cutting and building an edge profile menuki plates pre forming cutting holes in kashira in progress as a whole the bench i work at in disarray layout of undercu
This is a project I have been on over the past seven months and finally completed today. According to my job card it took about 50 hours. It is an "utsushi", a faithful copy, of this tsuba: http://www.shibuiswords.com/haynesTsu10.htm. The aim, as it should be with any copy, was to "not to do what the maker did, but to seek what the maker sought". It is a very dynamic design, and I was about halfway through when I realised exactly how the original maker managed to portray the movement of the leaves. My only deviation from the original was the use of mild steel. All the other processes and
I recently viewed some tsuba, and one reminded me of a technique I used during my blacksmithing days; a thin coating of brass is applied to red hot steel or iron to give it a golden sheen by either rubbing it with a bit of brass at red heat, or brushing it with a brass wired brush. I decided to give it a go and used an iron tsuba blank with raised rim. I coated the blank with some brazing flux, heated it dull red, dropped some brass pieces on it and then heated it to bright red. I did this both sides. On the one side most of the iron was covered, on the other I got a "quarter moon" of bra
Looking for a tsuba to complement a wakizashi blade? Wrought iron with brass overlay "Moonlit reeds" Hand carved using traditional methods. Wrought iron with brass overlay. Diameter: 74mm Thickness at rim: 3.5mm Thickness at seppa dai: 2.5mm Price: $250. Please follow this link if you wish to purchase this tsuba: http://igg.me/p/693616/x/6492187