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I've recently completed a japanese blade, and I thought I'd share the tsuba (guard) here. It's the first time I do this kind of inlay on that scale. 

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The young vs old bamboo dichotomy symbolizes growth, while the waning and waxing moon stand for the opening and closing chapters of our lives.

I spent most of the time on the obverse side with its many inlays, and I made more than a few mistakes. There are still visible signs of my crimes, but I'm (mostly) okay with where I ended up.

The reverse side features a simple katakiri carving. It doesn't look like much, but balance and confidence in the cuts were my main goal. I practiced many times before I let myself do it on the real piece. This version turned out better than any of my practice run :)

These photos were taken just after the patination bath in roksuho.

Cheers!

 

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1 hour ago, Ed Twilbeck said:

Excellent work, fantastic ,would love to see the sword. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you so much Ed!

Here's the tsuba mounted on the sword. 

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There are a couple more carved/inlaid elements:

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For anyone interested in the other aspects of the build, see this thread (in another forum, I hope that's okay to link to).

Cheers!

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Wow!  Francis, thank you for the link to the extensively detailed information from the creation of this ensemble.  

(Bladesmith's early founder Donn Fogg, joined and encouraged Jim Kelso and myself as co-founders of The Carving Path forum.)

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On 6/5/2021 at 2:14 PM, Janel said:

(Bladesmith's early founder Donn Fogg, joined and encouraged Jim Kelso and myself as co-founders of The Carving Path forum.)

I am so glad he did. Both forums are incredible resources, even for people like me who are a little late to the party. Thank you! :) 

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