Introduction: How to Wrap a Samurai Sword Handle

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If you unwrapped your samurai sword handle and cant figure out how to wrap it, Here is how to do it.

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Step 1: Things Needed

You need:
sword wrap:
a sheath to wrap it around.
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Step 2: Start the Wrap

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First thing you do is find the half way point in the wrap then put it on the sword.

Step 3: Twisting

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Take one side of wrap and twist wrap once

Step 4: Twisting

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Twist wrap one more time.

Step 5: Twisting 2nd Side

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Twist the second strand one time

Step 6: Repeat

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Flip sword/sheath over and repeat the same process

Step 7: Finishing

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Continue wrapping till you get to the end.

Tie wrap to handle and push under wrap.


Jubeidude (author)2010-11-15

You said your Instructable was on "How to Wrap a Samurai Sword Handle", and this is not the case.

You showed everyone how to wrap a cotton/nylon string onto the saya (sheath) of the sword. This is where the sageo should be, not handle wrapping. The sageo is a very important part of a katana, especially if you do Iaido/Iaijutsu. This instruction is pointless, and would do no good for anybody that wants functionality or authenticity emulated in their katana/bokken.

Sure, your instructable was of some help, but, the handle does not have the loop hole that the saya has for the sageo, so how is one to finish the wrap if one does attempt to wrap the handle?

Please show how to finish the wrap on the handle, rather than showing how to tie a knot around a loop on the saya.

NickA31 (author)Jubeidude2015-11-30

There's pretty clearly a kurigata (AKA "the loop hole that the saya has for the sageo"). He ties the sayamaki right underneath it. The puzzle's why he is doing sayamaki on an uchigatana.

burzurk (author)Jubeidude2011-01-22

Hey Jubeidude>>Stop being a hater and be a MENTOR. How is the wrap done then? Where are YOUR pictures illustrating the the 'PROPER' technique you speak of?

Your comments would be much more appreciated on the youtube flame boards.

I found this instuctable to be usefull,


St Jimmy (author)burzurk2011-07-17

Wow. Constructive criticism much? Everyone has a right to say what they think could be improved on an Instructable. Even me. Even you

Jubeidude (author)burzurk2011-01-22

I wasn't hating. I was just trying to be helpful. As I pointed out, these instructions are good, just not for what they are stated they are for.
Japanese military history is my thing, especially arms and armor. I was just trying to help.
So, I'm sorry if it came off as mean.

triumphman (author)2012-03-28

wish you people would put out a decent 'ible! The worthless ones are a real waste of time! This is one of them! I got suckered in too!

Im sorry i made this along time ago and if u can make a better one go right ahead

here's part

RagingBlade (author)2013-08-07

is sword wrap crucial? couldn't you just use cloth or something similar?

greymatter21 (author)2010-05-27

its a katana...

yes it is

Katana20 (author)2010-03-07 <-- have you seen this site?  Aboat as traditional as you are going to get!  As for the paper wedges, when I was in Japan, I met with Yasuo Toyama ( and he said, "if it doesn't have wedges, then it's two things: (1) not Japanese, and
(2) wrong."

Don,t try this at home (author)2009-08-10

Here in a few days I am gonna put on how to tie a sageo knot on to the sheath.

if you want help with tieing the sageo over the scabbard (saya), I can point you towards a few links I have. best of luck to you.

Thanks i could not get the hang of it so i dident put it on.

the base knot is easy to do, the question is if you want to stylize it or not is the question. for practiceing the base knot, I'd recommend getting a flat cloth shoelace or actual Ito, then practiceing for about five minutes a day until you get the basic loop structure down. once you do that, you can easily figure out how to customize the knot to fit your whims.

Kaelessin (author)2009-08-10
When I saw the title of this ible I had mixed feelings . . . I was torn between "Woah! finally someone posted this on instructables . . .why didn't I do that!?" and "Hmmm I hope they bothered to do their research and honor the long tradition of Tsukamaki"

First: kudos for putting this together! I am sure that it will be useful for tons of people wanting to get that look!

I do have several recommendations if you are looking for them:
  • first I would include the proper terminology. Don't just leave the romanji in though . . . use the correct term and then define it! This is your chance to share something of another culture with people and be informative! Don't pass it up! For example "How to wrap a samurai sword handle" could be said "Tsukamaki: or how to wrap the handle of a samurai sword" then within the tutorial define Tsuka, Katana, Itom Menuki, etc.
  • perfect the technique and make it very precise! The wrapping on the hilt of a good katana is always very precise with uniform diamonds. This is achieved by using paper triangles and lots of practice/time! The Japanese tradition is very much about precision and uniformity.
  • last is the standard gripe about pictures . . .most of yours are in perfect focus so good on ya for that but it's important to make sure they're all that way!

again, it's exiting to see an ible on something like this keep it up and keep researching!

Yes i know but i don't know how to tuck it in on the ends and I learned how to do it the same day i posted it.

I thought people used little rice paper triangles?

haha i didn't realize you'd already found that prodigy site on tsukamaki . . . ignore that part of my comment above :) all high quality katana are wrapped with the triangles though. I've tried it both ways and while it is a pain to fold all those triangles they really help keep everything crisp and add a little bit of body to the wrap.

I havent tryed to do it with the triangles I think I will try it later.

Awesome! good luck!

understandable . . . everything related to the katana and sword martial arts has a very specific and dedicated purpose though. If you're interested in the true traditional way to do Tsukamaki this website has a very useful tutorial with mention of lots of terminology and of course all the proper technique.

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