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    Quote Originally Posted by Kent Enfield View Post
    Since people are using this thread as a bit of a wish list, how about kodachi/shoto that are more "normally" sized? What ryuha use these 20" blade, 7" tsuka monsters? How about something with a 14"-15" blade and a 5" tsuka?

    To keep this post on topic, how much would that much suriage and tsuka shortening cost, approximately?
    Really, there isn't all too much of a market for Wakizashi. When Paul Chen does a limited run of katana, say 500, they usually only do about 50 or 100 matching wakizashi. Kinda sends a signal about the percentage of sales there.

    I'm getting a custom tanto (o-tanto, technically ko wak) done at around your size, it's really the only way to get one done.

    As far as 20 inch blades, 7 inch tsukas, that's actually almost in the range I've seen a lot of nihonto, mostly late Edo, say from 18 to 20 inches. I don't know if thi was just a large number of daito being cut down, or just the style of the time.

    O-suriage on a production blade will probably be costly. I'd love to do it to see if it would work, but it would require a lot of filing, grinding, and sizing. i can't carve tsuk cores, so I would have to get the new nakago shape to match the old one extremely closely.
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    I referred to both morozori and imogata; from what I've seen DF tsuka are imogata currently? Looks just like Paul Chen, only DF-tsuka are in a slight angle to the tsuba, making the tsuka follow the sori to some degree, I think Oni Forge does this too? Ryugo (or "rikko" and especially haichi are much more pleasing to my eye, and the current tsuka-shaping is one of the reasons I don't plan on buying any more production swords. Sure, I can make new tsuka for them myself (that's what I'm doing to my current stock of swords) but why pay for a tsuka and tsukamaki I'm not going to keep?

    And most production tsuka look like they're all made "one-size-fits-all".. Unique shaping would most definitely make "your" product stand out from the ever-growing masses that is Chinese production katana. Isn't that partially why you're going there?

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    As a owner of a customized katana by Aaron, I must say Congratz my friend! you deserve the best of the best! being a part of DF is awsome! I'll see you soon for another project you can't escape it!!! hehehehe

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    This is a pretty interesting thread...especially since I'm considering buying a DF in the near future. I've also never heard the term "rikko" before. I've always referred to that type of tsuka as "Tensho" (although I think more properly it alludes to the entire style of mounting, not just the tsuka shape.)
    Speaking of Tensho, I've seen a few tensho-era swords with a spiral wrap VERY similiar to the "first effort " pic. The only real difference as I remember it was the ito in that particular sword was lacquered - so there's definitely a historical precedent for it.
    My personal preference for tsuka is a slight curve following the sori of the blade, which should -in theory anyway- enhance the arc of the cut. I also REALLY like that rikko shape- if it's well done, that is. I did a google search for "rikko" after I read this and found some perfectly horrid examples of it. Most historical examples I have seen are on Tensho tsuka, which also tend to have flat ended kashira,usually buffalo horn, and often the ito ties over the end, rather than throught the kashira. I saw a reproduction somewhere that had the rikko shape but had a rounded Higo style kashira. To make matters worse, the very end of the kashira narrowed down again to fit in this tiny kashira. It looked pretty hideous to my eyes.
    My wish list would include a Tensho-style katana -which would save me tons of work on the DF I will be hopefully acquiring. I've wrapped a few handles before, and while they came out pretty decent looking, I'm not sure whether the labor is worth it. it usually takes me about 3 or 4 hours to wrap it nice and tight and always results in horrible hand cramps for the rest of the night...my hat goes off to you "handle wrappers" ( the Japanese term escapes me for the moment -itomakishi doesn't quite sound right)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timo Qvintus View Post



    Sometimes the angle something is photograohed throws everything off. I drew a tanto that's going to be a companion piece to my Sorrells piece, when standing straight up it looks way too curved. When going horizontally it looks fine.

    I am holding that exact DF blade right now, if I rest the saya on the floor and look directly at the tsuka, it looks like almost a cross between haichi and morozori, Both sides curve, the underside curves more. Or perhaps haichi and imogata, but I'll get some pics to illustrate what I mean. I have another DF tsuka right now I can compare it to, and a Lohman tsuka that is definitely morozori.
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    Hello folks,

    just a sneak peak at one of the first projects being completed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Justice View Post
    Hello folks,

    just a sneak peak at one of the first projects being completed.
    ..."not my cup of tea" summarizes my thoughts of it. Quite nice shape on the tsuka, though (or is it just an optical illusion?), and the saya looks nice. What blade is it?
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    Thumbs up if its tea its in the taste

    I was drooling over a similiar saya last night on fred lohmans project gallery - iv got a pic in my head of something very like this for a PC Bushido I am getting in a day or two ( its on the road , in the delivery van as we speak )

    I love the image you have made here Aaron - XXX
    plicit sword porn for the more artistic ?

    I dont know why you say on your page your unsure about leather ito maki - this one lookspretty near sweet enough to be bad for ones health very even and symtrical - you've gone from strength to strength in the last 12 months .

    is the style and colour the clients choice or yours ?

    It reminds me of something from Joo hwan Lee - he has a great eye and treads that fine line between artistic good taste and being over the top - IMO this is the right side of good taste -a break from the norm , I like it .

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    Hey Timo, Mick,

    this one is definitely the most austere on my project list. Red streaked saya (the full thing looks like a saya lacquered red that's worn through, but the clear coat will prevent any further wearing) copper plated habaki, and a repolished blade. Originally I wanted to use only red lacquer, but the stuff I was using (I was experimenting with a new lacquer source) doesn't dry as even as automotive lacquer, and I found myself doing a lot of sanding. I decided to go through with sanding it until areas started to appear black, then I just went for it. It's a bit more worn looking than the marbled look, but I like the way it came out. I've done 3 saya like this previously, it seems to be a customer favorite.




    Quote Originally Posted by Timo Qvintus View Post
    ..."not my cup of tea" summarizes my thoughts of it. Quite nice shape on the tsuka, though (or is it just an optical illusion?), and the saya looks nice. What blade is it?
    This one is a Bushi 1095 Mokko Vine theme. Nice blade, but the polish was a bit off and the ito wasn't flush with the fuchi and kashira. The leather is a bit thicker than the silk so that worked out perfect.

    The tsukas are either haichi or slightly morozori. I am carving a new core for a Daimyo Forge folded blade right now that's ever so slightly morozori. This one should be a real treat. Handachi kashira (it's actually meant to be a kojiri, but it works fine as a kashira) and a buffalo horn fuchi, brand new poplar core, high quality full wrap and more than likely a dark green tsukamaki.

    Quote Originally Posted by michael wilson View Post
    I was drooling over a similiar saya last night on fred lohmans project gallery - iv got a pic in my head of something very like this for a PC Bushido I am getting in a day or two ( its on the road , in the delivery van as we speak )

    I love the image you have made here Aaron - XXX
    plicit sword porn for the more artistic ?

    I dont know why you say on your page your unsure about leather ito maki - this one lookspretty near sweet enough to be bad for ones health very even and symtrical - you've gone from strength to strength in the last 12 months .

    is the style and colour the clients choice or yours ?

    It reminds me of something from Joo hwan Lee - he has a great eye and treads that fine line between artistic good taste and being over the top - IMO this is the right side of good taste -a break from the norm , I like it .

    Mick
    This one isn't a client blade, I just do what I want and it gets listed on Dynasty forge's site.

    The reason I am constantly doing leather battle wraps is because I doubt I could keep the shaping up the entire length. Plus, if you do a katatemaki you can make certain you get the ura and omote knots right every time because you can change the number of times you do the spiral portion, and that ends the knots on different sides.
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    I like it.
    I know you have answer this before Aaron, about the menuki, can´t found that thread, is it just glued on or is a pin or something holding it as well???

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    Constant improvement Aaron.

    Leather looks like a real pain for wrapping. The grain of the material would seem to impact where it wants to be folded and shaped. I've tried it a bit and had a horrible time of it...flippin' disaster. My hanwei Gorin Iaito is a tsukamaki disaster, and there isn't anything I can do about it. I'm going to carve a new tsuka for it (just for the heck of it) and then re-wrap it in silk (again, just for the experience.)

    Looking pretty good there Aaron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mats Gustavsson View Post
    I like it.
    I know you have answer this before Aaron, about the menuki, can´t found that thread, is it just glued on or is a pin or something holding it as well???
    It's just glued on. A lot of menuki have a little pin you can use to sort of peg it to the tsuka, but most production menuki don't.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew W. Priestley View Post
    Constant improvement Aaron.

    Leather looks like a real pain for wrapping. The grain of the material would seem to impact where it wants to be folded and shaped. I've tried it a bit and had a horrible time of it...flippin' disaster. My hanwei Gorin Iaito is a tsukamaki disaster, and there isn't anything I can do about it. I'm going to carve a new tsuka for it (just for the heck of it) and then re-wrap it in silk (again, just for the experience.)

    Looking pretty good there Aaron.
    Thanks Andrew. i still hate leather. What helps is pulling it as tight as possible before twisting the crossovers. Whenever I've twisted them first and pulled tight... mayhem. This way isn't perfect either, but it works.
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    Congrats....

    Hey Aaron, i think thats great, good for you and i hope you make a ton of money!! i understand how you feel-(i make hanbos and jos) and you just hang tough and kick some ass....do your best and then DONT WORRY, thats all i can say-take care, Ray

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    Well, must be doing something right, both pieces have already sold...
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    where on DF's website can we find your work?
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    Every time I put on a suit for a wedding or other event, I feel like I'm wearing optimal clothing for an epic fight scene...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Justice View Post
    Well, must be doing something right, both pieces have already sold...

    Well done Aaron - glad to see its taking off at a sprint .
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    Just yesterday I bought the Justice Armories Hayashi http://www.dynastyforge.com/index.ph...uct-flyer.html it was very relieving to be able to hit the checkout button on this sword, the first time I looked at Aaron's custom line I knew the Hayashi must be mine. I cannot wait till it gets here, I will post some pics when it arrives

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    I don't know if it's listed somewhere, but are these full same' wrapped?

    Edit: Never mind, I see it on Aaron's first post in the thread... one or more of the following, etc. Cool stuff!
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