How to rewarp the tsuka (handle) of a Katana

A little while ago, i took the time to shoot some detailed shots of a rewarpping project. I think the pics and anonations are speaking for themselves :) Little disclaimer, i have no formal education in what form whatsoever regarding to the art of tsukamaki so a real pro will probably shoot me for this job. I'm just a bit of a handy harry and hope it can help you out a bit if you want to give it a try yourself...   Not

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Konron custom project – or how to make a leather ito yourself.

Article was written by Loke Emil Petersen This Konron custom project included a green high quality cotton Japanese kaku-sageo. The fuchi/kashira are standard Konron-stuff. It’s actually quite nice, but needed some bling-bling to it. Abrasive paper took some shiny brass into the floral design. The tsuba has had a treatment with iron chloride, heat treatment and wax coating. The saya is black gloss with horn fittings. Unfortunately I did not take any pics of the tsukamaki process (My hands were

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How to make a Katana ?

Auteur: Kubikiri Asa Home made katana One of my interests is Japanese swords (and related weapons) and as I’m used doing some DIY with iron and wood, I’ve made some katana’s, naginata’s and yari’s, over the last years, and when people saw the results of my DIY actions, I frequently got the question “how do you make that?”, that’s why I’ve written down this little manual on how to make your own katana. As working with tools isn’t without any risk, the following isn’t meant

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Caring For your Katana: A brief guide to cleaning your blade

Whether you’re a collector of Japanese swords, or a budo practitioner, proper maintenance of your swords is paramount to keeping them in good shape. It would be a shame to have that new katana, which cost you $1000, to become useless because of rust or a cracking handle. Fortunately proper sword care is not difficult, and it needn’t take hours of your time. If you use your sword, you should clean the blade after every use. Every time you touch the blade of your samurai sword, your fingers

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Tying a sageo on the saya of your Katana isn't that hard, a tutorial

Upon general request, we decided to make a tutorial on how to tie a sageo around the saya of your samurai sword. Now note that this is an ‘presentation’ knot and you won’t see it very often when martial artists are actually using their katana. The sageo is that ‘piece of rope’ you can generally find on your saya (scabbard) and throughout it’s history , it served many different purposes : The original and most known way of using the sageo was to tangle it around the belt (obi) and

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