Design Your Own: Hamidashi Tanto

$4100$4650

The hamidashi tanto has full mountings that may consist of twelve or more components and is characterized by a small handguard.

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Description

Design a custom tanto mounted in the classical style of your choice. More info: Design Your Own Custom Tanto.

Variation shown: yasurime habaki, copper fuchi and kashira, iron tsuba, natural lacquered samegawa handle, and horn koiguchi.

Island Blacksmith: Charcoal forged tanto from reclaimed files.
Island Blacksmith: Charcoal forged tanto reclaimed from farm equipment.
Island Blacksmith: Charcoal forged tanto reclaimed from files.
Island Blacksmith: Charcoal forged tanto from reclaimed steel.
Handle: Gangimaki (spiral wrap)

Island Blacksmith: Charcoal forged tanto from reclaimed steel.
Handle: Samegawa (lacquered rayskin)

Island Blacksmith: Charcoal forged tanto from reclaimed steel.
Handle: Katakiri (hardwood handle)

Island Blacksmith: Charcoal forged tanto from reclaimed steel.
Fittings: Copper Fuchi (shown in progress)

Island Blacksmith: Charcoal forged tanto from reclaimed steel.
Fittings: Horn Koiguchi (shown before lacquering)

Island Blacksmith: Traditional techniques and natural materials.
Fittings: Copper Koiguchi (with ring style kurikata)

Island Blacksmith: Traditional techniques and natural materials.
Lacquer: Ishimeji (stone look, in antique crimson)

Island Blacksmith: Traditional techniques and natural materials.
Lacquer: Negoro (worn look, in natural and black)

Island Blacksmith: Traditional techniques and natural materials.
Lacquer: Matte (smooth matte look, in black)

Habaki / Blade Collar

  • yasurime (linear texture)
  • tsuchime (hammer peened texture)
  • ishimeji (stone/frosted texture)
  • or give unlimited creative license to the maker

Fuchi & Kashira

  • both copper
  • both iron
  • copper fuchi / horn kashira
  • iron fuchi / horn kashira
  • copper fuchi / hardwood kashira
  • iron fuchi / hardwood kashira
  • or give unlimited creative license to the maker

Handle Reinforcement

  • none (for hardwood handle)
  • shikagawa (deer rawhide, must be paired with gangimaki, cotton, or leather wrap)
  • samegawa (rayskin rawhide, can be lacquered, or paired with gangimaki or leather wrap)

Handle Wrap

  • gangimaki (spiral seude wrap)
  • leather lace ito (style of wrap depends on handle reinforcement)
  • lacquered samegawa (handle reinforcement must be samegawa)
  • hardwood (Sapele with fukiurushi lacquer finish)
  • lacquered cotton cord (tough and utilitarian style)
  • or give unlimited creative license to the maker

Mekugi

  • bamboo (traditional style)
  • lacquered bamboo (sealed end)
  • or give unlimited creative license to the maker

Kurikata Material

  • wood (lacquered Oceanspray ironwood)
  • horn (cow or buffalo, availability/colour varies)
  • ring style (must be paired with a metal koiguchi)
  • or give unlimited creative license to the maker

Lacquer Finish

  • ishimeji (stone-like texture created with crushed tea leaves)
  • tsuya keshi (smooth matte surface layer)
  • negoro (“worn-look” matte surface done with two colors)
  • or give unlimited creative license to the maker

Lacquer Colour

  • natural (a red-brown when smooth, a dark chocolate when used for ishimeji)
  • black (very deep)
  • antique crimson (very deep red/brown with plum undertones)
  • black and red (streaked “negoro” or texture fill, varies greatly)
  • black and antique crimson (streaked “negoro” or texture fill, more subtle)
  • natural and black (streaked “negoro” or texture fill, very subtle)
  • or give unlimited creative license to the maker

Measurements

Nagasa (blade length): 190-270mm
Motokasane (blade thickness): 5-7mm
Motohaba (blade width): 23-29mm
Sori (curve): uchizori
Nakago (tang): 100-110mm
Tsuka (handle): 100-110mm
Koshirae (overall): 320-400mm

Potential Raw Materials

Blade: reclaimed carriage spring steel
Habaki: reclaimed copper bus bar or fuse bar
Seppa: reclaimed copper water pipe, reclaimed brass door push plate
Tsuba: forged copper bus bar, fuse bar, salvaged steel, or wrought iron
Fuchi: copper bus bar, salvaged steel, or wrought iron
Kashira: Oceanspray ironwood, Wenge, reclaimed horn, copper bus bar, salvaged steel, or wrought iron
Handle core: reclaimed Nootka Cypress or Sapele
Handle reinforcement: deer rawhide, ray rawhide
Handle wrap: reclaimed suede, leather lace, lacquered rayskin
Koiguchi: reclaimed horn, copper bus bar, salvaged steel, or wrought iron
Scabbard: reclaimed Nootka Cypress
Kurikata: Oceanspray ironwood, reclaimed horn
Finish: natural urushi lacquer, reclaimed crushed tea leaves
Mekugi (removable peg): Bamboo