Posted By Thomas L. Buck

These are before and after pics of a tanto tsuka that I recently finished for an individual in Florida.  The original maki style was a variation of Irochigai Jabara-maki which was a fancy mid to late Edo maki that used multiple colors in several different patterns.   When this was new, the colors were a creamy ivory and a navy blue.

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The maki style selected by the client was a variation of Hosomaki which a type of string wrap that uses four sets of silk string ito, each set being comprised of two cords twisted in opposite directions.  A couple of interesting points from these different styles are the first cross-over on the ura side (above) is braided instead of layered, and the first three sets of cord are braided on the omote side (below).

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Both of the style vary from one Tsukamaki-shi to another...  Let me know what you think.

 

 
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