Aikuchi Mounting with Ireko Saya – Furusato Tanto
This tanto was forged from a reclaimed plowshare found on a homestead. One of the most technical challenges of this project was creating the ireko saya (入れ子鞘, nesting scabbard) lining within the tight constraints offered by the original block of hardwood. A refined detail that is normally hidden from view, the ireko saya protects the blade from the hardwood.
"When difficulties come, I remember my home place…Someday I shall fulfill my task. And, then, return to my home place. To the green mountains and clear rivers of my home."~Takano Tatsuyuki, Furusato
Furusato (故郷, pronounced “foo-roo-sah-toe”) means home place or hometown and contains the ideas of being rooted or grounded wherever one may sojourn, and a confidence and longing for return.
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