Post by Saionji Shonagon on Nov 27, 2017 13:51:26 GMT -5
Making string into bigger string is not something I've ever had much patience with. I ordered ten feet of ito for this project and because I used a style that didn't get folded over, I have about three feet left - unfortunately it's in two pieces, or I might be able to do my wakizashi with it. Or not.
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Why didnt U use the fuchi? All japanese swords has a fuchi and a kashira. Your ito-maki will unwrap over time when used. It has a lot of issues. Its possible to do itomaki with out a stand, I did that for many years. Did You use glue on the sides of the tsuka to hold ito?
Post by Saionji Shonagon on Dec 1, 2017 10:17:23 GMT -5
It's a rapier, not a true katana. Sam Kovic of Castille Armory (blade, tsuba) and James the Just, who built the original tsuka, did not incorporate fuchi and kashira into their build. I do not have the metalworking skills to try to either modify or make them. I also need to be able to easily access the hex nut which holds the tang for maintenance purposes (rust never sleeps, you know), so the end knot is deliberately fudged somewhat.
I did not use glue because if I ever *do* have to adjust the wrap I can. I also need to be able to get to the hex nut embedded in the I used a small piece of double sided craft tape to anchor the ito at the center of the omote side. I also used small pieces of the same craft tape on the back of the menuki, again to help keep it in place until I got the ito around it.