Process: Carving the Inside of an Aikuchi Tanto Koshirae
Following past issues' look at how the inside parts of a traditional tanto mounting fit together, this video is aimed at those who want to study the steps and workflow of carving the inside in further detail.
In this video the tsuka is carved first, starting with the omote side and then the ura, carving each half from the mune to the ha. The saya is next, starting with the omote and then the ura, each half beginning with the fitting of the blade (mune to ha) and then the fitting of the habaki area (koiguchi). Finally the halves are glued together with rice paste glue, wrapped with leather cord, and wedged tightly to dry overnight.
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