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    Preferred Tsuka replacement?

    How do you guys prefer to replace a tsuka? Making one, buying one, etc.

    For those who buy their tsuka, or get it custom made, do you have any links to a good seller?
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    Quote Originally Posted by A. Trinh View Post
    How do you guys prefer to replace a tsuka? Making one, buying one, etc.

    For those who buy their tsuka, or get it custom made, do you have any links to a good seller?
    Uh... what blade do you need a new tsuka for?

    As a general rule, you can not "buy" a premade tsuka for a sword. They must always be custom fit to your sword.

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    I can personally recommend Scott Irey's work www.ASAswordworks.com. I've handled some of their katanas before they decided to go with one model (ATK). Scott can either make the core out of poplar or traditional honoki. You can request different grades of same' which he can dye as well. The maki is nice and tight with good shaping and alignment of the diamonds. I'm sure Scott would be willing to do different tsukamaki styles as well. Here's a link to exapmles of Scotts work www.asaswordworks.com/Koshirae.html.

    If my DGuertin blade ever arrives I am seriously considering asking Scott to mount it for me. The only person holding me back is a man named Ted Tenold.


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    If it's a cheap sword then sending it off to get a new tsuka core and new wrap might not be worth it. Making one isn't very difficult either, as long as you know what you're doing.
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    Quite true. Not to mention, learning a new craft is always a good thing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Loatman View Post
    If it's a cheap sword then sending it off to get a new tsuka core and new wrap might not be worth it. Making one isn't very difficult either, as long as you know what you're doing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Loatman View Post
    If it's a cheap sword then sending it off to get a new tsuka core and new wrap might not be worth it. Making one isn't very difficult either, as long as you know what you're doing.
    I would disagree. I found carving a new tsuka core and tsukamaki took an awful long time and effort. While I always recommend DIY projects such as this I would like to comment that they should not be taken lightly as you will need plenty of patience, especially if its your first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by william.m View Post
    I would disagree. I found carving a new tsuka core and tsukamaki took an awful long time and effort. While I always recommend DIY projects such as this I would like to comment that they should not be taken lightly as you will need plenty of patience, especially if its your first time.

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    That's why i said "if you know what you're doing", you don't have to know the ins and outs of a tsuka to be able to carve one, especially if you already have some decent wood working skills and just do some searches on the proper construction, the maki on the other hand might be a bit difficult but you can always do a imogata tsuka and use that template thing, might not be as tight and durable but it'd look nice, but spending close to what the sword cost to get it wrapped professionally is a bit much.

    There are simple tips to make carving easy and quick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Loatman View Post
    but spending close to what the sword cost to get it wrapped professionally is a bit much.
    This is obviously subjective. What's to say it's a bit much really? It all depends on what you have available to you, and what you choose to do with it. If you want to DIY then great, do it. If you can't or won't and want the tsuka done by a person who does it for a living then great, send it to them. Either way, there's nothing saying it's a bit much, or not enough.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurice Cate View Post
    This is obviously subjective. What's to say it's a bit much really? It all depends on what you have available to you, and what you choose to do with it. If you want to DIY then great, do it. If you can't or won't and want the tsuka done by a person who does it for a living then great, send it to them. Either way, there's nothing saying it's a bit much, or not enough.


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    What i meant by it was that if you can't afford a decent sword then would a good wrap on it really help, if you can even afford it? Maybe, but it might need a whole new tsuka before a wrap, or a number of other things fixed or replaced, and if you can afford all that then why not buy a better sword to begin with? The main reasons one would get a wrap are for swordsmnship use, or to make it look better, if it's for swordsmanhip a low-quality sword shouldn't even be considered, if it's for looks get some silk ito, make a template, and save some money. That's how i feel atleast, i do alot of ito maki myself but tsuka on low-quality swords are a pain to wrap, you have to work through all the crap and force the maki on, rather than having everything work in unison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by william.m View Post
    I would disagree. I found carving a new tsuka core and tsukamaki took an awful long time and effort. While I always recommend DIY projects such as this I would like to comment that they should not be taken lightly as you will need plenty of patience, especially if its your first time.

    Will


    Not nessessary, if you have the right tools. Experience helps too. With a set of tsuka/saya drawknife thingies and some high quality nomi, I could probably carve out a core in less than 5 minutes. With a good chisel alone, probably ten minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Mergnes View Post
    Not nessessary, if you have the right tools. Experience helps too. With a set of tsuka/saya drawknife thingies and some high quality nomi, I could probably carve out a core in less than 5 minutes. With a good chisel alone, probably ten minutes.
    wow, well that is certainly a lot faster than my carving times. But I am a beginer so that would be the reason. Anyways I think that the poster is refering to people who do not have high levels of experience in carving tsuka or tsukamaki as otherwise In that case don't think there would be a choice between carving or buying.

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