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Sword Customizations - Tsuka (Handle)

Modified Battle Wrap

Your Tsuka (Handle) can be rewrapped in silk, leather, or cotton.  When re-wrapping the menuki can be replaced with your own, or you can purchase a new set from our selection of menuki.  The wooden core and same' (ray skin) can also be replaced.  New Fuchi / Kashira (fittings) can be used with a new core or an old core that has similar sized fittings.  Feel free to supply the fittings or purchase a new set from our selection of Fuchi / Kashira.  We focus on making the tsuka-ito tight and the sword functional.  Please email us at info@nihonzashi.com to discuss different options.  If the specific customization is not listed here, just email us at info@nihonzashi.com to get a quote.  We will also be glad to give you advice if you want to tackle the job yourself.

Tsuka Replacement

Full replacement of you tsuka using existing fittings.  If you want to replace the fittings, you will need to get Fuchi/Kashira and Menuki.  Just select core replacement, same' replacement (full, panel with center nodes, panel) and wrap (cotton, silk, or leather).  Tanto are often have full same' and no wrap.  Please order any handle customization services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page.

Tanto Project

Tsuka Shortening

The nakago and tsuka will be shortened with the fittings and wrap re-used.  Handles can be shortened in increments of approximately 1/2".  It must have an even number of wrap widths removed to keep the new knot in the right place.

Tsuka Shortening

The ito is clamped and un-wrapped back past the point the tsuka will be shortened to.  The core is cut down and reshaped to fit the kojiri.  The tsuka ito is then re-tied to finish the shortened handle.  Please order any handle customization services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page.

Core Replacement

A handle blank is split and then carved out to custom fit to the nakago.  It is glued back together and the outside is carved to make the inner shape of the handle.  The handle blank is fit to the fuchi and kashira.  Ray skin (Same') may need to be replaced if there is none or the old pieces do not fit the new handle.  Please order any handle customization services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page.

Ray Skin Replacement

The Same' (Ray Skin) is added or replaced on a tsuka.  Same' is a tough raw hide ray skin with a distinctive texture and positive grip.  This may be needed if the handle is new or if it was originally made without same'.  A full wrap handle has the same' wrapped completely around the core increasing the strength and integrity of the handle.  Most handles have panel same' inserts.  The same' is inlaid in the core in two strips on either side of the tsuka.  This reduces the amount of ray skin used and makes a more economical solution.  The center of the ray skin has larger nodules with a central "king" or "emperor" nodule.  There is only one per skin, and using it increases the cost of the same' replacment.  Please order any handle customization services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page.

Ray Skin Lacquered

Existing or replacement ray skin can be lacquered black or any other color to give a tsuka a different theme.  This can only be done if a handle is being re-wrapped.  We can custom mix any lacquer color.  Please order any handle customization services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page.

Re-Wrapping

Our focus is making the wrap as tight as possible to keep if functional as long as possible.  You can choose from various colors of cotton, silk, or leather.  Please order any handle customization services using the Katana, Wakizashi, or Tanto price lists at the bottom of this page.

Tori in Blue CottonTori re-wrapped in blue cotton

Shipping / Drop off / Pick up  Address (store hours)

Customization costs should be pre-paid. Please include  return shipping with your payment. Please send a copy of your Paypal receipt and any special instructions with the sword. Swords will be returned in their original packaging. Normal customizations will take from 4 to 8 weeks, but expect an extra delay for lacquer finishes. 

Katana Handle Price List (Tsuka up to 13" long)

Wakizashi Handle Price List (Tsuka up to 6" long)

Tanto Handle Price List