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  1. Tsuka Maki - Shin Gunto style sword - How to tie knot

    Hi,

    I am not new to swords, but I have never tied a Tsuka Maki in my life, so very new to this. I have my grandfathers souvenir sword, when he was in Burma during WW2. It is an imitation Japanese...
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    I will ask my brother to get some close up photos...

    I will ask my brother to get some close up photos of the pommel, handle and "blades"
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    Hi Dennis, they were found in a place in Devon,...

    Hi Dennis, they were found in a place in Devon, England.

    I am unsure as to the material of the grips, but they look to be a suede/leather
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    Swords found in brothers garden

    Hi guys,

    my brother has recently moved into a new house and has found a number of swords whilst clearing his garden. I really know nothing of about swords which are not nihon-to (and not too much...
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    Is the saya a table leg?

    Is the saya a table leg?
  6. I do wander how the habaki can be "custom" fit...

    I do wander how the habaki can be "custom" fit with a cast habaki. The link showed a pot with loads of habaki in, obviously not custom fitted.
  7. I have just read this article: ...

    I have just read this article:

    http://www.japanese-swords.com/pages/habaki.htm

    and they seem to think that the "traditional" method of making habaki is flawed and that they should be cast.
    ...
  8. Thanks for the advice guys. Sean, I think I...

    Thanks for the advice guys.

    Sean, I think I will purchase that book before I take the leap into making my own. Like you said, research, research, research
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    That is a great looking habaki for a first...

    That is a great looking habaki for a first attempt my friend!

    I can see what the others were saying, maybe it is a little too shiny. But in any case, it looks cool. Did you have any other metal...
  10. Thanks for the advice guys. I must admit,...

    Thanks for the advice guys.

    I must admit, money is a factor, but I also feel a need to have a go myself.

    I will check out the link and maybe get one made for my wakizashi. My grandfathers...
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    Thanks Lee, I did actually find this post...

    Thanks Lee,

    I did actually find this post after going trough loads of other posts looking for habaki.
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    Show us your habaki

    Hi,

    I am researching methods etc on making habaki, after discovering that it costs about $200 to get one made, plus, having to send your blades off for fitting etc.

    I would like to try the...
  13. http://home.comcast.net/~jeshern/habakimaking.htm...

    http://home.comcast.net/~jeshern/habakimaking.htm

    This is a great place to learn how to make habaki and does not seem too difficult.

    Has anyone every used this method? How did you get on the...
  14. Thanks Ruud. I think bare blades look better...

    Thanks Ruud.

    I think bare blades look better with a habaki fitted as it breaks up the lines very slightly and addes a little colour to the blade.

    I would prefer to get one made in the UK also....
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    I only wish I opted for a similar sword when I...

    I only wish I opted for a similar sword when I started out.

    Who is the smith?
  16. Buying a Habaki & other koshirae fittings

    Hi all,

    I have a 19th Century Wakizashi blade, with no fittings at all. I have seem various ebay and classified section sellers selling antique habaki.

    My question is, is it normal to buy a 2nd...
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    That would take more than a few stitches :eek:

    That would take more than a few stitches :eek:
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    I would like to think Musashi would use something...

    I would like to think Musashi would use something other than the sword if he were to come back today. At the time, the sword was an effective weapon in combat of the era, not so any more.

    Perhaps...
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    We have a couple of kendoka learning Nito...

    We have a couple of kendoka learning Nito techniques now. They are a 1st Dan (trying for 2nd) and a 2nd Dan. Us other mortals just have to watch and learn basic, which is hard enough.

    You do...
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    LOL. I didn't notice the 1 post the user has...

    LOL. I didn't notice the 1 post the user has made. Thanks for pointing it out.
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    Thanks for the review Bill. It is very useful for...

    Thanks for the review Bill. It is very useful for me personally. I think, purely based on your review, I might purchase one in the near future. It seems that you had a great customer experience,...
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    That is just fantastic. I love the formal...

    That is just fantastic. I love the formal cleaning and checking of the blade too.
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    When I get a chance, I will take some pictures of...

    When I get a chance, I will take some pictures of my set up and offer brand names of my stones (I only have 2). I will also take a picture of the stone I am using, but I don't think the wearing is...
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    Thanks Sean. I do have a shingunto that...

    Thanks Sean. I do have a shingunto that wakizashi, that I love the profiles of. The sword I am attempting to polish will not be used at all, but I plan to mount it in my hallway.

    The sword itself...
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    By the way, thanks for suggesting the 10 degree...

    By the way, thanks for suggesting the 10 degree angle. I will certaily try that this weekend, when I manage to get some more time on my blade.
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