Posted By Thomas L. Buck

I regularly receive all kinds of questions about tsukamaki... here are a few recent ones:

Q. Do you glue your ito before and after each twist or crossover?

A. No, I only use glue on the final knot.

Q. What is the white stuff on the handle?

A. Same' or Rayskin. 

Q. Is the core always wood?

A. I've never seen anything else.  Even on the machine made NCO blades of WWII, the aluminum tsuka has a wood core.

Q. What is the most important aspect of a good handle?

A. Tightness of the tsuka's fit on the nakago, and tightness of the ito on  the handle's surface.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about any of these, or any other topics, let me know.

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