Faking the wrap of Yamato
This is my lovely Musashi 1060 Carbon Steel clay tempered sword, sweetly purchased for me by my boyfriend. As I think that it looks much nicer than the Yamato replicas on the market, I will be using it with my cosplay. As I do not want to ruin the original wrap on the grip, I wrapped the white over the hilt of the sword. Looking closely at Vergil's sword in game, the wrapping appears "braided" through parts of the hilt. This is impossible to do to my sword without ruining it.
So, the closest similar wrap style I could find is this. I followed this tutorial: http://forum.sword-buyers-guide.com/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=128 to learn to tie it this way. I used hair-ties rather than tape. They were handy, plus it was easy to slide them up as I finished each section. I really wish I had bought a longer cord, it would look much better that way, and when I re-wrap it for cons further out in time, I will get much more cord. This was a really interesting wrap to learn, and I will probably be messing with the same knot-work on other projects for a while. Eventually, I will also add a slight golden cast to the hardware of the sword. One day I might actually disassemble it and guild the guard.
By the way, if you're interested in the sword itself, this is where we got it: http://www.trueswords.com/musashi-1060-carbon-steel-clay-tempered-katana-dragon-p-5755.html
For contrast, here is the replica: http://www.trueswords.com/dragon-guardian-samurai-sword-white-p-4244.html
And here is the original from the game:
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