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 saya so that the saya stayed where it was put in the belt without moving around when ‘drawing’ the sword
- Tying up the sleeves of the kimono before starting to ‘draw’ with the sword
- Tying up prisoners
- Actually I believe it was used to do all kind of ‘tying-up-things’
Concerning the tutorial, we made 4 loops on one side of the kurikata and 3 on the other side but you can also do 3+3, just use your creative spirit :d…it’s an decorative knot after all…
Good luck with your sageo and if you have any questions, just drop a comment here..