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Dressed to Kill: Sword Preparation and Installation

by Design and Installation


Dressed to Kill , Arms and Armor , Samurai Sword , Cincinnati Art Museum , video

We want to display the entirety of the blade, both the nakago (handle end) and sori (blade end). Everyone wants to see the beautiful blades but beneath the tsuka (handle) is a hidden wealth of information.

To do so, you see me in the clip struggling to remove the mekugi (peg) which holds the blade in tsuka. Once the blade is removed from the handle you see me removing all the fittings, seppa (spacer) and tsuba (guard). Then you see me using a tsunagi (false blade) to re-dress the saya (scabbard) so that it can be displayed with its blade.