It is not a FAST process, but if you have the right instructions, the right tools, and most importantly - the right mindset patient, steady - measure twice, cut once as the Japanese proverb goes. Above is a picture of such a custom made tsuka, fitted exactly the the nagako tang of the sword it is to mount. Would you believe that this was made by a beginner?
Well it was, and they could make it like this simply because they had the right instruction and lots of encouragement along the way guided by members of the SBG sword customizing community.
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Not too much we can do about the encouragement, though we will do our best. The fact is that as this was the result of their first try - that should be pretty encouraging. So let's show you, step by step, the encouragement and advise that our DIY tsuka maker - SBG member Damascus - received and see if you can achieve the same result.
Both the method here and the method detailed below are not the traditional nor the ONLY ways to make a DIY tsuka - but what follows is a steady, precise and popular method. If you want to use a dremel instead of chiselling, that's up to you - a table top sander - no problems, pick and choose any method that best suits the 'three T's': your personal Taste, your available Tools and your Temperament. From here on out, basic instructions and methodology will be bolded text and the work notes of SBG member Damascus who is making the DIY tsuka seen in the photos will be in italics.
To make your DIY Tsuka using the following method you will need:. And you will of course, also need - a sword. Damscus : I've selected a set of three dogleg chisels for carving out my tsuka core.
Pre sharpened. I think this is going to work reasonably well for carving the channels in the tuska halves. I spent some time to look for the best piece with sections of grain that were as straight as possible. Determine the length you want for your tsuka. It is recommended to add an extra 3 inches in case a mistake is made to have a few inches left to fix it. Damascus: Two sections are necessary to make the halves of the tsuka. The best section will hold receive the majority of the nakago while the second best section will be the cap or lid.
Cut your Piece of poplar into two equal length planks and sandwich them together and observe the grain. The grain should look like this Damascus: Both section will be custom carved with chisels to fit the nakago "exactly". The snugness of the fit along the entire surface of the tsuka-nakago surface is critical and allows the energy of the blade to evenly transfer into the wooden core avoiding stress at isolated contact points.
A fitment where the nakago only touches portions of the wooden core will cause undue stress and breakage at those contact point. Traditionally Honoki Wood was used in Japan, however the American Yellow Poplar is the same type of tree and for all intents are purposes, essentially the same thing and more than good enough for even the best DIY tsuka core. Crooked or weavey grain structure provides for weak points in the core and increases the potential for breakage along those inconsistencies.Geiju has short, red hair with small tufts protruding from the sides.
He has freckles on his cheeks. He wears a yellow smock with paint splatters on it, a black beret, and blue-rimmed glasses. His eyes are light green.
He wears the "Red Armband of Leadership" with a picture of a paintbrush on his left arm. He is known for being a man of few words - VERY few words.
He speaks almost exclusively in one-word or two-word sentences, and sometimes doesn't bother responding to questions at all. There are rumors that he has never been witnessed expressing any kind of emotion whatsoever. Some students see him as a "tortured artist" whose silence stems from his frustrations with art and people. Other students see him as a pretentious hipster who is trying to make himself look deep by being untalkative.
Some students think his taciturn personality makes him dreamy and cool, and other students speculate that he may have some sort of speech disorder or mental condition.
Many students speculate why such an anti-social person would want to become a club leader - but regardless of his reticent nature, he does a proper job of operating his club. He can be found in his clubroom almost every spare moment that he is not in class. His artwork is widely regarded as being very impressive - but he is frequently seen scrapping his work and starting over from scratch for no apparent reason.
He seems to dislike being distracted while painting, but will always make time to critique others' artwork if he is asked to and sometimes without being asked to. Even though he never says more than two words per sentence, he always finds a way to impart sagely advice that helps his clubmembers to drastically improve their art skills.
Is he introverted and shy, or a cynical misanthrope? Is he a tortured soul, or a pretentious poser? Does he prefer to stay silent, or is there something that is forcing him to be tight-lipped? Nobody knows what to make of him, but everyone can recognize that he is an artist of great skill who is destined to be widely renowned for his works. A man of few words; speaks exclusively in one-word or two-word sentences.
Obsessed with painting; does nothing else with his time. Nobody can figure out if he is a silent genius or a pretentious snob. Among the personas currently implemented in the game, he is a loner. If he sees a corpse or witnesses a murderhe will run away from the school and call the police. He cannot participate in physical fights against murderers. Due to him having the Loner persona, he will hide his face if Ayano aims her phone at him. At AM, Geiju enters the school grounds.
He walks to his locker at AM and changes from his outdoor shoes to his indoor shoes. At AM, he walks to the Art Club on the second floor and paints. At AM, he walks to Classroom and sits at his desk. He starts his morning classes at AM, and leaves to go to the outside of the Art Club to eat his lunch at PM. Afterwards, he heads to the Art Club and stays there until the end of the day.
On Friday afternoons, he and the other Art Club members gather behind the cherry tree to paint the landscape. If the Art Club is disbanded, he will go to the west-side fountain and sketch there instead.Shinai are also used in other martial arts, but may be styled differently from kendo shinaiand represented with different characters. The earliest use of a bamboo weapon to train with instead of a sword is credited to Kamiizumi Nobutsuna ?
In kendoit is most common to use a single shinaisometimes called itto style. Some kendoka choose to use two shinai. The holding position can be switched, however, with the daito in the left hand and the shoto in the right.
Specifications for shinai used in kendo competitions that follow the International Kendo Federation FIK rules, are below. Sizes and style of shinai vary. For example, an adult may be able to use a shinai that is too heavy for a younger person, so shinai with different sizes and characteristics are made.
Shinai are available in many styles and balances. However, both shinai and bokken are used in kendo.Tsukamaki end knot part 1 - Ura - nvidmermaid.pw
The slats of a shinai are usually made from dried bamboo. Some may also be treated by smoking them, or soaking them in resin. Shinai slats are also made of carbon fibrereinforced resin, or other approved alternative materials.
The nakayui is tied about one-third of the length of the exposed bamboo from the tip. Far from dangerous, a shinai is used as a practice sword in order to simulate the weight of a katana or a bokken without injuring the user or the target. The four slats tied together are specifically designed to reduce the force of impact of a blow. Upon hitting the target, the four staves flex and compact together, spreading the force of the blow over a longer period of time.
This significantly reduces the harm it can impart on a target, leaving at worst a bruise even when wielded by the strongest users. A shinai must be properly taken care of or it can pose a danger to both the user and the people around it. Many people believe that oiling and sanding a shinai prior to its first use, and then periodically during use, can greatly extend its life.
However, some disagreement exists on what is considered proper shinai care. To properly inspect a shinaione first examines the area around the datotsu-buinspecting all sides of the shinai for splinters. This is very important, as bamboo splinters can easily cause injury. The saki-gawa should be intact and the tsuru should be tight so that the saki-gawa does not slip off the end of the shinai during use.
In addition, the nakayui should be tight enough as not to rotate easily. When not in use, shinai used in kendo practice should be either laid on the floor or leaned vertically against a wall.
Some instructors require the base kashira of the handle tsuka on the floor and the tip kissaki leaning against the wall. In kendo, the shinai is treated as a substitute for a metal sword and should be treated as if it was as dangerous. When a shinai is placed on the floor, it is considered very poor etiquette to step over it. In kendo competitions that follow the FIK rules, there are regulated weights and lengths for the use of shinai. Shinai are weighed complete with leather fittings, but without tsuba or tsuba-dome.
The full length is measured. Maximum diameter of the tsuba is 9cm. This is a length of bamboo, split multiple times on one end, and covered by a leather sleeve. This explains the name fukurowhich means bag, sack or pouch. The name comes from how the leather looks after lacquering; the sleeves are actually made of cow or horse-hide.
Shinai are commonly used as a prop in professional wrestlingwhere they are often referred to as Kendo sticks or incorrectly as Singapore canes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Kendo stick. Weapon used in kendo.Remember Me? Blogs Groups Advanced Search. Results 1 to 17 of Thread: Tsuka grip sizes.
Tsuka grip sizes Historically, were tsukas made in different sizes? How does it work nowadays? Has anyone ever created a grip size system for swords? Take tennis rackets for instance. The wrong size grip can really throw your game off, and even cause things like repetitive stress injuries. If that is true, then who decides how big the grip will be? How is the size determined or defined? See my photos at: micknewton. The length of the tsuka depends on the school of sword fighting practiced.
Various schools preferred different lenghts. However, the "standard" is two and a half hand widths. Rich S. Originally Posted by Rich S. I hope any tsukashi out there has an answer. I have never been asked about a preference for size of grip of tsuka as it relates to diameter and hand size when restoring or ordering a shinsakuto. There does not seem to be a rigid standard either since my swords have tsuka of different diameter.
However common sense would dictate the max and min parameters I would think. Never thought about this before, not only in the context of nihonto but rapiers, smallswords etc. Good one. Join Date Feb Posts 2, It varies.Hi There, I had a question about your Iaito. Is it possible to find out where the balance point is on the iaito you make?
I ask because my current Iaito is a training one lightweight with the balance point almost 20 cm along the blade away from the Tsuba, and if I purchase a new sword I would like to find one that is standard weight with the balance point near the Tsuba.
I am still considering my options and will speak with my sensei tomorrow to ask his opinion, but it would be nice to know what Hanbon Forge can provide! Sincerely yours, Glenn. Blog Categories. The standard contemporary katana size is around 40 inches. However, the practical applications of the forms require a specific length or combination of lengths. When choosing a sword, you'll need to check for the measurements of three different parts: the handle or hilt tsukablade nagasa and sword weight.
The length of the Tsuka or handle is very important so that we can have the proper leverage and balance. Depending on what training you are in the length required can vary. The best way to measure yourself for a blade in my opinion is the tsuka-to-arm-length ratio. This method involves using the length of your forearm to get an idea of how long the tsuka should be. Get out a tape measure or ruler and measure the length of your forearm.
So from your elbow to your wrist; this distance is how long the tsuka should also be. Every sword style is different and you should always ask your instructor what length blade you should use.
Traditionally, Short-bladed swords are ideal for close-quarter combat, whereas longer-bladed swords are preferred for combat in open areas. In terms of the most common height to nagasa ratio, please reference the table below. After length, weight is another important factor.
Since a heavier sword is obviously more difficult to use, we suggest that beginners choose a slightly lighter Iaito to help them become accustomed to it. Want a unique sword?
Feel free to contact us: Phone: Email: sales hanbonforge. Tags: katana for sale japanese sword samurai sword. Leave a Comment.If you are tired of the 'standard' hinerimaki way of wrapping a Katana, or looking for a slightly easier, less time consuming method - a Katatemaki ito wrap battle wrap may be just what the doctor ordered.
So here's an easy to follow step by step tutorial by SBG forum member, Katana Hunter showing how he does it.
Carving a Tsuka
Well, I've got nothing to do so I decided to fiddle around with my Masahiro's tsuka and might as well practice tsukamaki. I have this "ito" that looks a lot like shoelace. But since I don't have any real ito around, I decided to use this instead. I'm not sure what this "ito" is made of, so I did a burn test and the results were: Flame: melts and no flame but after a while, it catches fire and the flame color is yellow Odor: Smells like burnt rubber Residue: bard bead Checking Thomas Buck's guide, I don't see any burnt rubber in any of the fabrics mentioned there.
Step 2: Katana Parts and Proper Sizing
Or maybe the odor I smelled could be like celery since I'm not familiar with the smell of celery. Anyway, let's just classify this ito to be nylon and let's get on with the tsukamaki. Here are the 'before' pictures of my Masahiro's tsuka. As you can see, the original wrap is ugly. Uneven diamonds. Tsukamaki started on the wrong side. Direction of the crossovers X do not alternate. Fuzzy and worn out cotton ito. Here's a picture of the tsuka core and its original fittings.
I had to remove the adhesive on the side of the tsuka. Otherwise, the ito would stick to the tsuka and I'll have a hard time stretching. I also did a little brushing to clean the samekawa with some soap and water. I was planning on doing a katatsumamimaki. It's like a morotumamimaki most commonly known as tsumamimakiexcept the ito underneath is folded and the one on top is pinched.
Whereas with tsumamimaki, both strands are pinched.Any Size Tsuka We will repair minor damage to your tsuka. Add form and shape. Fit 2 new same panels and re-drill for the mekugi.
Refit the fuchi and kashira. Refit menuki at the position of your choosing. Re-wrap the tsuka with good quality Japanese cotton Ito with rice paper hasi-gami not cardboard triangles you are starting to see on the Internet. We will also supply a high quality custom mekugi which we will fit for you or it can be fitted by yourself at a later date.
Before we start any work on your tsuka an email will be sent to you with a complete breakdown of the work to be carried out. No work will be done until you have signed and agreed to the proposed restoration. Tsuka wrapped with good quality Japanese cotton Ito with rice paper hishi-gami. We will only charge you what it costs us. You send us the Ito and the same you want fitted to your tsuka and we will fit and wrap it for you.
Brass or copper band textured or plain with ornament added and with patina. Handachi Style Tsuka. Two Moons Tsuka Restoration. Search this site. Tsukamaki Tsukamaki Service Prices. Package 1 Any Size Tsuka We will repair minor damage to your tsuka. Basic Tsuka Wrapping Fees. Tsuka wrapped in good quality silk imported from Japan with rice paper hishi-gami. Tsuka wrapped in good quality silk imported.
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