Process: Making an Aikuchi Tanto Koshirae
After carving the handle and scabbard, the next stages involve making the fittings and then finishing with several thin layers of natural urushi lacquer made from the sap of a certain tree. Some of the materials used are reclaimed buffalo horn, rawhide ray skin, silver, and copper.
All of the horn parts are first shaped and fit, then the samegawa is wet formed to the handle contours, dried, and then attached with sokui (rice paste glue). After the scabbard and handle are lacquered, the horn parts are polished, wiped with fukiurushi, and attached with sokui.
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