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Posted By Thomas L. Buck


Type 98: Ikkanmaki style
Type 98: Ikkanmaki style

This is a gunto tsuka that I rewrapped for a client in the Type 98: Ikkanmaki style - a shin-gunto variation of the Katatemaki style (http://www.h4.dion.ne.jp/~t-ohmura/gunto_005.htm).
The custom aspects of this work include urishi lacquer ontop of the ito, and menuki placement.

 
Posted By Thomas L. Buck

I am posting two pics of an older tsuka that I was recently working on. These photos illustrate the use of darker paper during wrapping, which is strategically placed around the menuki to lift the ito and hide the edges of the white papter wedges. The first image is a before shot, and the second one was taken during disassembly. blp1blp1

This was recently brought up during a discussion with Keith Larman, he suggested that the darker paper might have been used to help the menuki "stand out" visually apart from the samekawa as in your first photo. Kinda of like creating a "shadow" background for the light colored menuki.  Keith also said that he tends to use paper that matches the color of the ito regardless for hishigami.

For me, that's harder than it sounds; matching isn't very easy. There are additional issues with ink/dye bleeding out, and staining of the same'.  I like your highlighting idea a lot; I've never thought of it like that before. I used the darker paper simply to cover what otherwise would be exposed white paper wedges...

I should mention that I do use black wedges regularly around the menuki (depending on the height, color, and size of the menuki). Here are a few examples of tsuka that I have used darker wedges around the menuki:
http://www.tsukamaki.net/gallery_07.htm
http://www.tsukamaki.net/gallery_08.htm
http://www.tsukamaki.net/gallery_13.htm
http://www.tsukamaki.net/gallery_14.htm

http://www.tsukamaki.net/katana3.htm

 

 
Posted By Thomas L. Buck

Although old and worn, this is a nice study piece. Skillfully executed lines with consistent, regular openings.  Just thought I would share.

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In the above photo, notice that the first crossover is "pinched" instead of twisted.
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FYI, this was posted on ebay, sold for $212. on 6/16.

 

 
Posted By Thomas L. Buck

I always enjoy pulling blades out of storage for cleaning and appreciation, especially if I haven't really looked at them in a while... It is almost like being introduced to the swords anew. This is a perfect example, it has been a little over three months since the last time I looked at this tanto. 

I have had this piece for a little over 6 years.  About 2 years ago, a friend said that he saw a katana mounted with a nearly identical fuchi in Chicago... If anyone knows anything about that blade, let me know.  Otherwise, let me know what you think of this blade.

As for the specs, it's a late Edo period tanto mounted as a wakizashi; all original mounts and in full polish; abelone saya with matching fuchi/kashira/tsuba/menuki - lots of gold.

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