WIN PRUE KATANA FULL CONCEPT
 
Complete Octogonal Tsuba, Fuchi & Kashira set design for Joe Walter's 5160 Katana for Win Prue

CLIENT'S STATEMENT ON THIS PROJECT
I'd like to take a moment to elaborate on my experience with Antonio's design services. Anyone who knows him here will agree that he is absolutely great to deal with. His knowledge, relating both to swords and design alike, is phenomenal.. This was a wonderful learning experience for me. Antonio answered all of my questions with pleasure. All of my emails were replied to in a minimal amount of time, sometimes even in minutes.

Antonio also took every one of my ideas into consideration and helped me enhance them for the better. While my knowledge is limited where swords are concerned, he never once made me feel ignorant, but treated me with respect.

I would highly recommend Antonio to anyone who is serious about having a custom, unique sword made. Combined with Eric Litton's brilliant renditions, the outcome of Antonio's skills as a designer is both apparent and astonishing. I believe the images speak for themselves.

Well, I suppose that's all for now. Antonio, you have my utmost respect and appreciation. Thank you again for partaking of your knowledge. I am honored to know you. I hope you know I'm not just saying that. You will have played an intrinsic role in bringing this sword to life, and for that shall be eternally grateful.


Note:
Original statement can be found here

MAIN SPECIFICATIONS
-Tsuka length 11."
-Black tsunami wrap ; samegawa in natural color.
-Reccomended to be kept in natural color
for better visual impact and balance.
-Nagasa length 27".
-Tori-zori curvature, approximately 2cm, preferably not too deep.
-Plain silver habaki .
-Black saya with close grooves for the first 10 inches. The rest is plain saya in textured black.
-Recommend Chu Kissaki.
-Menuki will be silver, along with the seppa.
-Ito will be synthetic suede depending on availability.
-Blade will be done in working polish since it will primarily be a cutting blade.
-Tsuba - Fuchi-Gashira, glossy. If kept in highly polished steel, it will rust. A patina color should be chosen so that the fittings will not suffer corrosion.


Kiri
mon menuki strongly recommended because it is not a circle and it is also the closest to a faceted type of fittings. The shiny parts can be further polished to be more contrasting with the darker parts. Another reason why if a black samé is used will make the effect of both the tsunami or the menuki loose impact. These are just little touches that need to be preserved for balance, along with silver seppa and habaki.
 
 
First 10 inches in grooved saya. The remaining should be black textured.
 
Kashira construction in silver rendering for better perception

Below you can see the black fittings.

Here is a first detail of the fittings
Here are the final renditions
 Side view
Tsuka view
View from the kissaki
 
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