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    That looks Great Tommy , what's that on?

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    Thanks MK,

    On an unknown manufacturer blade. It looks to me like LL but the owner didn't know. I took the pic before I packaged it up. I only hope he likes it. I'm not a fan of using wakizashi sized ito on katana but he wanted it so there you go.

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    I actually like it... so you may have to do it again.

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    To be honest I knew you would for those elongated diamonds MK

    It does put ALOT of diamonds on there though....lol almost double

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    AWESOME job Tommy!!

    I think that's one of the best example of your work I have seen so far. I am really impressed!

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    Thanks 17 hrs work right there

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    Wow Tommy That looks nice.

    And I must say that is an afully bright white same where do you get it?

    ~R~

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    Dang, Tommy! Looks awesome. I need to start saving up so I can get one of your jobs done on my Shura.
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    Hi guys. The samegawa that's on it is of unknown origin. The owner wanted only an ito wrap so I didn't mess with it other than to finish sanding it on a few edges where ito might pull.

    It was bleached samegawa skin though. I really didn't like it for that very reason. I prefer ivory. I like to see shading not bleachiness like this was but the customer is always right so if he liked it then I'm kewl

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    My hat is off to folk with the patience and talent to do stuff like this. I guess a couple of the tough parts are getting the diamonds the same size and getting all the crossovers to line up.

    There used to be a fellow posting, Brian Von Spreybroeck, that related using cut up sheet plastic triangles, instead of folding little bits of paper. Now, this is someone that has done a lot of alternative wrapping, so that might not be for everyone. He hangs over on Randall Graham's forum. Like some others, SFI just doesn't do it for him any more.

    I'm sure sites like this

    http://www.montanairon.com/tsukamaki.html

    and Burk's (?) page are old news. This link I posted is interesting because it talks about buiding up the tsuka edges to create the shape, as well as a having surface to work across while wrapping, indeed also, to have a place to lay out marks. mebbe old news, I dunno.

    Like everything else, I guess the more you do, the better it goes. Brian used to relate acutally using mallets as well as all the clamps that folk seem to need the extra hands of.

    It would be a great project to see a budding forum smith to do a blade and then see it go to various other students of craft for polish, fittings, saya and tsuka work. There seems to be enough new talent out there that this could be a real possibility. I guess, in a sense, we are already seeing it.

    Cheers

    Hotspur; more patient hands than mine, for sure
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    Thanks

    Chaps

    Im so greatful for the words of encouragement ive recieved , my family cannott thank you all enough -

    Tommy/Jason - my 8 year old assumed your avatars where actual pictures of yourselves - she thinks its fantastic that I chat with a samurai and a chinese monk - bless her .

    Tommy - pm sent mate .


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    Bless indeed but that actually is a picture of me. I'm stroking my long white beard as I type. Glad she's better Mick. Hi to the kids from the Chinese monk
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    By Golly,if that's not Tommy and Jason "s pictures,I've got some serious mental reconfiguration to do.

    Though I do find the long white beard much more peaceful than Jason's old image that seemed to represent a ghastly visage rolling over on the pillow to give you a gaze. Creepy stuff that.


    Mick, here's hoping the missus is up and able to beat you about the head with your own empty saya soon!!!

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    Jeez

    Im off hospital visiting for a few days and tommy gets his own
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    Tommy check your Pm's -

    an hineri wrap is a must .


    Okinawa outpost is the new sword porn ( official)


    Mick
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    Ok guys something to snipe at... in the last two weeks I've made my first two sword stands ever... keep in mind I have NO talent or experience when you flame....



    The first one
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    I like to think I did a little better with the second one
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    FLAME FLAME YOU STINK FLAME FLAME (nice work) FLAME FLAME

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    LOL thanks paul

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    MK those look GREAT

    I really like the last one. Unique looking I especially like the bottom design looks really nice.

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    (mod in stealth mode peeks in on growing post -'Tony Long' production stuff sub-culture. lurks briefly, nods sagely, drifts away.)

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    LOL Dave... Free to join in whenever...we could use a gent with some breeding and refinement.


    Tommy ... thanks man, just playin around... but if my third improves as much as my second it'll be pretty good.

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    I have to agree with the others, MK.

    Those stands look really nice!

    Mike

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    I don't know why, but I really like the design of the second one.

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    Thanks Mike!! You can see some issues in the risers on the second, but hell it holds my sword up.

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    Reviews of Production Katana

    Since this thread seems to be a catch-all about production swords (and many other things, for that matter), I thought this might be appropriate to share.

    I rececntly had the opportunity to use a whole slew of production katana, and I wrote a pretty extensive review for our fellow forumite Paul Southron of Sword-Buyer's-Guide.com.

    I was honestly a little wary of sharing this on SFI for fear of being fried by flaming, but you all in this thread seem friendly enough, so what the heck!

    http://www.sword-buyers-guide.com/katana.html

    I am, of course, open to any respectful feedback

    Thanks, enjoy, and I hope some of you find it fun if not useful.

    Peace,
    Mike

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