This weekend, I test cut 3 different blade geometries suitable for heavy to light target cutting. A medium niku sword w/ no bohi (Enkai), a light niku sword w/ bohi (Akitsushima) and a light niku sword w/ no bohi (Light Cutter). Mats courtesy of Swordnarmory.com. Swords by Munetoshi.
See you at the next test.
Updated 08-03-2010 at 12:04 AM by glenntherookie
Hishigami are little paper triangles utilized when doing tsukamaki that fill out the ito on either side of the crossover. These little things do so much for the integrity of the wrap, it's almost hard to believe. These tiny, folded pieces of paper fill the ito, making the wrap more substantial, they lock the ito in place by conforming to and anchoring in the samegawa, and they keep the diamonds even by reinforcing the triangular shape of the ito on either side of the crossover.