Posted By Thomas L. Buck

This is an interesting piece for a number of reasons.  When I first saw it, I wasn't sure if it was even Japanese, or some cheap Chinese reproduction - it was very poorly wrapped, it was black instead of brown, and it had an odd menuki on the ura side.  But after I disassembled the handle, it became evident that it was in fact a rather nice original Japanese tsuka, and that ito and paper wedges were original, although it had obviously been rewrapped at some time.  Below are a couple of before pictures that the owner, David Stiles, shared with me.

Dave's Tsuka Before01
Dave's Tsuka Before02

I was supplied with a nicer set of shingunto menuki, and asked to wrap it in a Handachi style, which is essentially a Japanese sword in tachi mounts (but without the hangers) worn as a katana with the edge upwards. Below is the end result.

David After

Let me know what you think...  

1 Comment(s):
Brian said...
Nice work and the menuki upgrade looks much better. Any thoughts on why it was wrapped black (when you acquired it)? Brian
May 30, 2016 07:10:39 PM
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