View Full Version : Malants Tsuka Wrapping tutorial thread :)

08-12-2008, 12:39 AM
Hi im hear to try and teach you how to wrap a tsuka succesfully!
For those of you who dont know a tsuka is the hilt of a japanese sword most commonly wrapped in sageo in a Hineri maki, Of which i will be teaching you how today.

First of all you will need a sword to start with for this i will be using a tanto - http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc22/Malant1/P8123497.jpg

After which if you have some sageo ready good for you lol but if not a simple flat/wide shoelace like this makes a ver decent substitue!

After you have your materials comes...

Step 1!,

I didnt include a picture for this one but you take your sageo and wrap it one and a half times around the handle of your sword.
this is to make sure you have enough sageo to wrap your sword hilt.

Step 2,

Now unravel your shoe lace/sageo and fold it in half. place your sword in the middle like so - http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc22/Malant1/P8123508.jpg
Pinching both sides to make it as tought as possible.

Step 3,

once you have it tight turn it over. Now fold one side of the Wrap over to the opposite side so that it theres one string over laping the other string. like so - http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc22/Malant1/P8123509.jpg

Step 4,

You will now fold the sageo down making a diagonal corner.
like so - http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc22/Malant1/P8123510.jpg

Step 5,

Repeat step three only in the opposite direction like so - http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc22/Malant1/P8123511.jpg

Step 6,

now you repeat steps 4-5 on the other string if done correctly it should look like this - http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc22/Malant1/P8123512.jpg

Now i want to stress these next steps in one area...TIGHT TIGHT TIGHT! if its at all loose it will loose its over all value and wont look as good and as you start to make that oh so familiar diamond pattern you want to scrunch the sides together so there are no gaps on the sides.

On to...

Step 7,

Now you want to make this as tight as possible you pull the string on the booton first as tought as you can make it. if done right it should look like this - http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc22/Malant1/P8123513.jpg

Step 8,

you will now turn the handle over keeping mind on holding the wrap in place and keeping it TIGHT like this - http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc22/Malant1/P8123514.jpg

Step 9,

You will repeat steps 4-7 on this side as well.
it should look like this
- http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc22/Malant1/P8123515.jpg

If you did that right flip over and repaet 4-7 again until eventually it will start looking like this - http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc22/Malant1/P8123519.jpg

If you followed this thread and i wasnt too confusing your end product after PRACTICE should look like this


Its taken me about one sword to get this right (note that i re-wrapped that sword Many many times.) You will not get it right the first time you try like with prop making practice makes perfect.

Out of all the tsuka maki styles, i think this one is the easiest.

This brings me to the conclusion of my guide i hope i have been helpful to anyone out there willing to learn this artform.

If anyone has anything to add please post so in this thread :)

Hope this tutorial helps!,


08-12-2008, 02:34 AM
This is awesome. I wish i could have has this a few years back XD I had made a double bladed katana out of cardboard, and had to figure out the wrapping from looking at pictures of katanas. Once i figured it out thought, it went pretty smoothly.

Very nice tutorial :D

08-12-2008, 02:46 PM
Lol thanks yeah tsuaka maki is hard to learn but once you get it its very useful this was my first tutorial. i made seeing as i couldnt find any tutorials on it


08-12-2008, 11:34 PM
This is pretty useful. How much cord do you use generally?

08-13-2008, 10:59 AM
For a normal tanto handle? hmm let me see, for a 6in. handle around 6ft of wrap would be good (i might be over estimating it might actually be three. the only thing i cant find out is where to buy string like that in long lengths.


08-15-2008, 09:16 PM
First I must tell you that I want your babies. ALL OF THEM.

(heh... that's fangirl for "Thank you very much for the awesome tutorial!")

Secondly, in exchange for the awesome tutorial, I will tell you that you can buy string like that at fabric stores like Joann (http://www.joann.com) in nearly any length you want. You'll find it in the trim section.

08-15-2008, 09:47 PM
You should include as well how to end the ito on the tsukakashira. So you get that perfect loop.

08-24-2008, 08:27 PM
I know about that but im still working on the end knot un fortunately...Lol any one got a tutorial for that? lol


09-01-2008, 02:27 PM
:: peeks in again ::

I remember seeing this (http://pages.prodigy.net/tlbuck/tsuka/tsuka.htm) in my travels. It is pretty useful. Around the third or fourth section of the page there are diagrams about the knots.

09-02-2008, 12:19 PM
Yeah thats were i learned to wrap im now working on the knot which is quite hard to learn lol


07-23-2010, 08:04 PM
(Sorry to raise a dead thread, but:

TANTO (4" tsuka) 6 feet of ito
WAKIZASHI (6" tsuka) 8 feet of ito
KATANA (10" tsuka) 12 feet of ito

^^; It was probably patently obvious to everyone but myself, buuut shoelaces don't tend to be long enough...you need about 9 inches for every double-pass around the handle (assuming it's about a 4" circumference (a bit over 1" diameter if you picture it as a circle), since you've got two bits going in opposite directions)...so that's about 7 diamonds for a tanto, 10 for a wakizashi, 14 for a katana...

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd2/tyhm/The%20Cheap%20Katana/p_00177.jpg 12 feet of grosgrain ribbon works a treat, and you can sometimes get it for a dollar, which is always handy. (Not bad for my first attempt!) :-D

01-13-2012, 02:36 PM
I use Bias tape, the trim stuff normally around clothing since it has a good texture to it as well.