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    Changing Tsuba on LL Field Mk IV

    Hi,
    I have a Last Legend Field Mark IV katana and although I like the Sword, I think that the Musashi style Tsuba is ugly.
    Any suggestions, or better still photo's of other Tsuba's on the LL Field Mk IV.
    Problem is that it's such a large sword, most Tsuba's won't suit (or fit)

    Thanks
    Cryf oedd calon hn y glas glogwyni,
    Cryfach oedd ei ebill ef a'i ddr,
    Chwyddodd gyfoeth gŵr yr aur a'r faenol,
    O'i enillion prin a'i amal gr.

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    Field MK IV

    Gwyn,

    No photos. This is the one with the very wide motohaba, correct? Then I will offer advice that you should look for a tsuba with a larger amount of metal just around the ana. Then slowly remove metal with a file EVENLY to get it to fit. You will want to make tiny adjustments and check it often. Use a triangular file for chain-saw sharpening to elongate at the ha-side. You don't want to take off too much and it fit with a lot of slop. And keeping the sides at complimentary angles to the blade's geometry will help with that, too. If you finally achieve a good, tight fit and it can't be removed, then you need to stop. Don't hammer on the tsuba to remove it, make a v-shaped cut out of the end of a 2 X 4 with an overall length of about 16" and, using a rubber mallet, hit the newly made tool while the "feet" rest in the middle of the tsuba, straddling the blade. Move it around a bit to loosen the tsuba after each mild strike. You can use it on the other side to re-install the tsuba after you are finished working on the blade and are ready to mount it. Just don't choose a tsuba with a lot of cut-outs if you plan to go this route.

    Later,

    Shannon
    Last edited by J.S. Hill; 09-03-2007 at 09:27 AM. Reason: to correct numbers

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    Great advice thanks, I will certainly do this if I find a suitable Tsuba.

    Anybody else out there with advice on the actual type of Tsuba that would look good on the LL FM IV ?
    Any photo's ?

    Thanks
    Cryf oedd calon hn y glas glogwyni,
    Cryfach oedd ei ebill ef a'i ddr,
    Chwyddodd gyfoeth gŵr yr aur a'r faenol,
    O'i enillion prin a'i amal gr.

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