Aikuchi Tanto Koshirae

A custom koshirae for a small antique tanto blade belonging to a client. Crimson lacquered samegawa handle, fukiurushi horn fittings, a silver mekugi, and polished black lacquer scabbard in a classical aikuchi style.

Materials for the custom red and black aikuchi style koshirae mounting include lacquered samegawa over hounoki for the handle, a silver and copper mekugi, and lacquered buffalo horn fuchi, kashira, koiguchi, and kurikata. Overall length when sheathed is about 11.5″.

Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques

Specifications

柄長 Tsuka: 3 sun 3 bu (100mm)
拵全長 Koshirae: 9 sun 6 bu (291mm)
拵 Koshirae: aikuchi, issaku

Material: Hounoki, samegawa, reclaimed buffalo horn, reclaimed copper wire, silver, natural urushi

This piece is in a private collection in Ontario.


Process Highlights

Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques
Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques
Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques
Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques
Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques
Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques
Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques
Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques
Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques
Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques
Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques
Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques
Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques
Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques

Island Blacksmith: Hand crafted tanto made from reclaimed and natural materials using traditional techniques


3.03022 cm
= 0.1 shaku(尺)
= 1 sun(寸)
= 10 bu(分)
= 100 rin(厘)

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