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Making a tsuka. 

measuring the length
Measure the tsuka to the required length and cut it to size.

Nearly finished...
The end result should look something like this.

Close up of hilt end
Cut out a recess for the kashira (pommel).

Wrapped in leather
Not having access to any same  (ray skin) I wrapped the hilt in leather (this will not give the extra strength provided by same, but it will make it look better cosmetically).

Next cut out holes for the mekugi (pegs) and check the kashira and fushi-gane for fit.

This page was updated on Monday 17th January 2000