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Thread: iron mokume tsuba

  1. #1
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    iron mokume tsuba

    Hello All,
    Here is a tsuba I just finished. It's 3 1/4" diameter and 3/16" thick and rings like a bell.
    I love the texture of wrought iron.

    tsuba
    Richard Furrer
    Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
    http://doorcountyforgeworks.com/

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    another picture

    A close-up of the cut outs

    sukashi cuts
    Richard Furrer
    Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
    http://doorcountyforgeworks.com/

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    Last picture

    Last shot of the folded/welded pattern flowing around the edge of the tsuba.
    Edge
    Richard Furrer
    Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
    http://doorcountyforgeworks.com/

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    Wow! Nice, Richard. Love the flow of the grain in the wrought.

    Makes me want to pursue my ideas on tsuba, then I remember that I'm focusing on blades.

    Dan

  5. #5
    Nice tsuba ,what was the other steel you used with the wrought?
    I have been playing around with some W.I. that I got from a 200 yr old barn and have made a tanto tsuba out of one piece,quite a chore making flat sheet out of 3/4" square spikes with out a power hammer.I love the way it looks after a quick etch in nitric.
    CFM
    Tanto maker
    http://www.sandiaforge.com

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    Christopher,
    I don't understand the question.
    The tsuba was made entirely of reforged wrought iron.
    Richard Furrer
    Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
    http://doorcountyforgeworks.com/

  7. #7
    Rich
    I thought it was mokume which is usually a combination of differring metals.Although I guess the word itself just means woodgrain.
    CFM
    Tanto maker
    http://www.sandiaforge.com

  8. #8
    That's really nice! What sort of folding pattern did you use? How did you do the sukashi cuts? They look so crisp and clean

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    pattern and cuts

    Dave,
    The pattern is from a fold forged on edge, but a bit off center so the fold ended up coming to the surface of the tsuba.
    The sukashi cuts were drilled and then cut out with a jewlers saw then filed to finished shape.
    Richard Furrer
    Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
    http://doorcountyforgeworks.com/

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