Helpful Articles - SBG.com Sept 24, 2010 18:16:32 GMT
Post by James Gall on Sept 24, 2010 18:16:32 GMT
- Customizing Tips & Tricks
[*]1.1 - Wrapping Your Own Tsuka Ito: Tsukamaki for Beginners
Tsukamaki (handle wrapping) is something that anyone can try their hand at.
All you need is some ito, a little manual dexterity, patience and of course - instructions on how to do it.
While we can't do much to help with the manual dexterity or patience - here are some instructions on how to wrap your own tsuka. It may not be the most traditional method in the world, but it works.
[*]1.2 - How to do a Battle Wrap Ito for a Katana
If you are tired of the 'standard' (hinerimaki) way of wrapping a Katana, or looking for a slightly easier, less time consuming method - a Katatemaki ito wrap (battle wrap) may be just what the doctor ordered.
So here's an easy to follow step by step tutorial by SBG forum member, Katana Hunter showing how he does it.
[*]1.3 - How to make your own tsuba
There are often requests from people looking for a unique, personalized tsuba design. But for these to be made commerically, you need at LEAST 100pcs before anyone will even talk to you.
But what if you just want one?
Well, here's a relatively simple method that you can use to make your own tsuba by SBG member, 'Lakemonster'.
[*]1.4 - Sword engraving the Professional Way
There are various ways to engrave the blade of a sword, some more refined than others. A dremel and a steady hand can achieve good results, but for truly professional looking engravings - the best way to do it is electro-chemically..
While this sounds intimidating - its actually not as hard as it may seem - as Jonathan proves with an easy to follow step by step tutorial.
[*]1.5 - How to Leather Wrap a Sword
This technique, shared with the sword community by sword artisan Brendan Olszowy from Fable Blades.com shows two methods on how to easily and very beautifully wrap a wooden handle with either leather or wire (or a combibation).[/*:m][/list:u]