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sukashi tsuba

Postby Christoph K » Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:58 am

I’m not a good writer but never the less would like to hear some opinion and thoughts about my latest project. So here are a few words about my latest project :)

The goal for this was to make a tsuba that can be mounted on my Iaito for the regular training purpose. Further more the tsuba should be „hand friendly“.
Sharp eges and corners should be prevented.

I chosed a picture of an old piece from on of my books to work from. The base material is simple construction steel as it is available in the local tool shop.
If something get’s wrong it’s an over-viewable damage :-).

I guess due to some measurement mistakes my copy went slightly more slim then the original especially the mimi.
The patina is done via Ford’s described Tetsusabitsuke method in the Academy.
The ategane (plugs) are made from simple brass.
I adjusted the plugs and fixed them in place with small portions of matsuyani after the patination process.

As fare as i can tell after severel trainigs sessions the patina seems stabel, the plugs are still in place and my right hand (especially the lower thumb knuckle) is still unharmed ;)

As said in the beginning i’d love to hear some thoughts and critics about this project :) - thanks for your time
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Re: sukashi tsuba

Postby Steve » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:43 pm

Christoph,

I think it looks fine :clap: As you said, your elements are thinner than the original, but it keeps a good proportion to the rim.

Did you fit seki-gane or just go with the punch (kuchi-beni?) to fit your nakago? Do you notice any weight or balance change compared to your previous tsuba?
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Re: sukashi tsuba

Postby Christoph K » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:51 am

Hi Steve,

i used this project for several patination tests prior mounting. In this phase there were no seki-gane installed. I did install some bevor the mounting and of cause bevor the final patination :).
The tsuba which was mounted bevor was the one from this thread viewtopic.php?f=26&t=3928.
Both a quite similar in case of the weight so i cant really tell any difference :)
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Re: sukashi tsuba

Postby Steve » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:15 pm

Christoph K wrote:

so i cant really tell any difference :)


But your Iaido is much better, no? :biggrin:
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Re: sukashi tsuba

Postby Christoph K » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:45 am

if so it would be like killing two birds with one stone :)
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