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

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

Step 3: Twisting

Take one side of wrap and twist wrap once

Step 4: Twisting

Twist wrap one more time.

Step 5: Twisting 2nd Side

Twist the second strand one time

Step 6: Repeat

Flip sword/sheath over and repeat the same process

Step 7: Finishing

Continue wrapping till you get to the end.

Tie wrap to handle and push under wrap.

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    25 Discussions


    9 years ago on Step 7

    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.

    4 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    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.


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 7

    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 Jimmyburzurk

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 7

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


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 7

    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.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    2 replies

    6 years ago on Step 7

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

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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!
    3 replies