Ryujin swords

Making koshirae, restoration and repairs

The following are a few examples of work that we have done

Habaki

New one piece handmade copper habaki. The old one was wrecked; this is an exact duplicate. Each habaki is made specifically for the sword to which it is fitted. They can also be made two-piece, in copper, gold or silver (we're looking at doing them in shakudo), either to your own requirements or to match a damaged habaki.

New koshirae

The entire tsuka and the habaki has been made from scratch
Full wrap of samekawa
Saya ready for urushi lacquering, with horn kurikata taped in place.
Finished koshirae with urushi lacquered saya.
Details of finished koshirae.
Detail of finished koshirae with urushi lacquered saya.

Restoration

Detail of damaged Ishime-nuri, repaired with black paint
Same area after repair with urushi
Detail of chipped and worn Ishime-nuri
Same area after repair with urushi
Detail of chipped, dented and worn Ishime-nuri
Same area after repair with urushi
Restored saya
Badly abused wakizashi blade with no yokote line and broken kissaki tip
Same blade after polishing
Yasukuni-to after polishing

Lacquering

Nashiji-nuri (pearskin lacquer) using gold dust
Kuro Ishime-nuri

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