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Spent a couple of days making this for a friends kid. It's bubinga, about 3/4" thick, 26" blade including the integral habaki, 36" o/a. Steel tsuba, leather seppas, copper fuchi and kashira, with a couple of simple steel menuki. The fittings slide on from the end of the handle, so I bulked up the handle profile with laminated card before adding the wrap. The wrap is cotton ito, and it was a bit of a nightmare wrapping on a full length sword as opposed to just the tsuka, and I struggled to get it as tight as I would like. With that and wrapping onto bare wood instead of rayskin, which gives the wrap nothing to grip and makes the hishigami want to slide all over the place, I decided to lacquer it with shellac when it was done, to keep anything from moving. The 'saya' is just a leather tube with copper suspension rings, and the 'sagaeo' is the offcuts from the ito in a 4 strand weave.

 

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A fun wee distraction, if more challenging than I anticipated...

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Lucky kid indeed!  If that landed on my desk, even today, I would be doing my best Kyūzō impressions within 10 minutes...

(My impressions wouldn't do the sword justice either!)

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Nice work Jake. The cool factor of that is off the scale.

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Nice work!

Why do all the Japanese knife parts have names that sound like food?

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Really Nice!

 

As a kid I had to make do with a curved stick:lol:

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10 hours ago, Pieter-Paul Derks said:

As a kid I had to make do with a curved stick:lol:

You were lucky. We had to make due with a rolled up newspaper :lol:...

 

Very nice. Much nicer than the two I made years ago for my son's martial arts teachers.

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