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    Talking new tsuka

    Finally got my nihonto back with new tsuka: slightly longer (8sun 5bu), a bit thicker, full black same, navy silk ito, sabi (plain rust) fuchikashira and tadpole (sperm?) menuki. Same old rusty tsuba that I love, but I think I should have changed the seppa (one brass, one silver) to copper, fixed the tsuba (the whole is too big) and gotten a better-fitting habaki...next project!



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    renfield kuroda

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    Very understated and classy, Ren...nice piece.
    David Anderson
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    Talking Blade Length

    Hi Ren,

    What's the blade length?

    What is the standard rule again, is the tsuka 1/3 of blade length or saya length?

    Thanks!

    David Pan

    "What distinguishes budo from various sport activities is the quest for perfection."

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    the blade length is 2shaku 3sun 5bu (71.3 cm)
    The tsuka was 8sun (26.6 cm) but I got this new one done a hair longer.
    Tsuka length was determined by what's appropriate for my style + what I'm comfortable with.
    Actually one of my sensei said it's a bit long, but I like to have the hands slightly farther apart then we usually do, and also I don't want my right hand right underneath the fuchi; with this new tsuka it's about a full ito diamond below the fuchi which is nicely balanced for one-handed draws and cuts.

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    renfield kuroda

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    Originally posted by renfield_kuroda
    The tsuka was 8sun (26.6 cm) [...]
    Hey, according to this shaku - metrics - inches converter, 26.6 cm is closer to 9 sun. I frequently use this converter - is it flawed?
    Aage Bakken

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