Sounds of the Workshop
Somewhat quieter than the last edition due to its emphasis on woodworking, this video documents the stages of creating a classical aikuchi tanto mounting by hand from driftwood.
An aikuchi koshirae does not have a handguard to divide the handle and scabbard. This particular example is very clean and simple, all wood, and finished with black urushi lacquer.
The peg holding this tanto together is an unusual decorative type involving dual washers and a single ended rivet made from hand forged silver. The design is based on the large nail covers used to strengthen castle gates.
If you blink during the introduction, fear not, you will still see it all later on: islandblacksmith.ca/2014/10/sounds-workshop-aikuchi-tanto-koshirae