Step 13: Habaki or (Blade collar)

Picture of Habaki or (Blade collar)
The habaki can be built from a strip of sheet metal bet at 4 points.

1. a great diagram of what the habaki does looks like and how it functions.

2. my habaki

3.google image result.

4. My new  katana modeling the habaki an showing that it holds the entire thing together.

$0m3_0n34 years ago
Could you explain the point of the habaki? i don't see why it's needed. Awesome sword tho, you should try to make one with a hamon.
the_burrito_master (author)  $0m3_0n33 years ago
Sorry for the late reply, but it does quite a few things.

For one it makes things look nicer, it helps keep the hardware snug, it secures the blade into the sheath, and also helps match up the blade with the handle.
OK, thanks. would it matter much if a sword didn't have one?
the_burrito_master (author)  $0m3_0n33 years ago
you can make one easily out of a copper pipe and a bit of hammering.
the_burrito_master (author)  $0m3_0n33 years ago
some swords don't tho not katana's usualy.