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    Hanwei Raptor Shobu-Zukuri (Iris Leaf)

    Heres where i stalled a little while back on the tsuka i was making. Theres roughly 4" of samegawa then 5" double thick layer of deer leather dyed black then a piece of samegawa 2" then the unkoshiraed tsukawood. (This one lacks the .925 fittings I hade made--they became recycled into a...
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    Hanwei Raptor Shobu-Zukuri (Iris Leaf)

    Congrats! Thats a very nice sword in the Raptor family. I really liked using my buddies. I have the heavier Nanbochuko from the same collection. Theres some work to do on mine--new tsuka and wrap, some laquer work on the saya. Its a half-abandoned project from another user at SBG I'll...
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    What did YOU add to your collection this holiday?

    Damn Slicer of Trees...i hope you can fix that and go buy a tsuba or new fittings or something for a blade.... cause i completed my xmas shopping yesterday. Yes, after the fact but while shopping for a book, I lucked into a no-hi shinto from Hanwei...books cost me 300$ bucks but they come w a...
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    What did YOU add to your collection this holiday?

    What, if anything, did you add to your venerable and honourable collection this year? Me? Wifey bought an H.P. Lovecraft library of books for our collection plus a copy of The Five Rings, a copy of Crimson Steel I asked for and received : ......a ronin cast dragon tsuba w fuchi n kashira...
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    What's better than being in Japan? Getting an Iaido lesson from a master IN Japan....

    Man...i got nothing but 'Freakin Cool! Just Freaking Cool' Ouri
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    Wall o' lethal beauty

    That wall is going to look faaaantastic. My bungalow has no such space for display...yet Ouro
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    Tsuka For A Hanwei Raptor

    Damn. Messed up that last post. Will have to figure out the editing features next sorry guys. Ouro
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    Tsuka For A Hanwei Raptor

    From prior to the surgery...a while back...my daughter had a sterling silver "pirate" ring that broke along the band. I asked if she wanted it fixed and she said she wanted me to recycle it for something cool "Dad, it's a skull--it needs to be on a sword." Skulltsuka And from my other...
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    Tsuka For A Hanwei Raptor

    Growl I just lost me post... Some cut up kozu lacquered and ready for shaping.. Shaping to a 'house'. Studying the various shapes and the diamonds they produced led me to this. Next time I'm going to try more lacquer -- I found the tip deformed when wrapped. So I cut them off. Note the...
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    Tsuka For A Hanwei Raptor

    L Lacquered up some kozu/kozo paper at 12mm and set aside to dry. I will cut them into little house shapes tomorrow and get my fuchi finished. A note on construction...i have the poplar wood core. A layer of lacquer, a layer of kozu, lacquer, same/leather, ito w hishigami, the a dilute mix of...
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    Tsuka For A Hanwei Raptor

    So....having fun outa gas for my torch I was left with a band of unsoldered silver and a whole lot o questions...so.... I wrapped the silver band around where I'd place the Fuji and did a couple of diamonds with the black suede wrap... Ok forget the cotton for this sword. The suede looks and...
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    Tsuka For A Hanwei Raptor

    For those who survived the Zombie Apocalypse of Halloween... I gave the same some extra time under the buckskin wrap to allow her to set properly. When I removed the outer wrap I was rewarded with a VERY tight fitting samegawa that did not budge from it's position. There's a bit of overlap in...
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    Tsuka For A Hanwei Raptor

    I've gone as far as attaching a layer of kozu paper to the wood core and lacquering it to provide a substrate for the leather and samegawa. At that point I measured a piece of tanned buckskin in black and layer it out. After attaching it, I went ahead and trimmed my mini, puny, wimpy little...
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    Tsuka For A Hanwei Raptor

    Well howdy folks, I picked up a gorgeous Hanwei raptor without handle from across the street and set myself the task of tsuka carving. Sounds easy eh? We shall see... 1) wood. Poplar. Nice hunk o tight grained poplar. 2) cut to rough oversized chunks 3) aligned the grain 4) made...
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    Reproduction katana care.

    Simple and to the point. Thank you! Modern steel needs care but it doesn't have to be complicted. In my experience the more steps in a process or the more variables the more prone to mucking it up I become. Ouro
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    Genitum non factum

    Genitum non factum
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    The jouney to ...customizing... and the first steps.

    Updated the blog with tsuka carving 1 and 2 from rough lumber to a shape I can wrap.
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    The jouney to ...customizing... and the first steps.

    Handplanes. That's what I need. A good drawknife would hlep.
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    Buying a custom,modern, katan or wakizasha

    Never trust a talking, walking tree. Next thing you know, there's squirrel scouts throwing hyper velocity acorns at your face while asking you to buy cookies
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    The jouney to ...customizing... and the first steps.

    By way of an update...and this WILL be disjointed. Camera muck up and the card with my tsuka core photos--POOF--might as well be a badly made guitar pic at this point. SO, I'm gonna finish carving the tsuka core today and tonight, then get to prepping for a wrap. THAT much I'll take shots of...
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