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I made this set for myself — it's my first. The blades were provided by Kris Cutlery; all the rest of the work is my own.

Daisho - The scabbards are black and clear-lacquered spalted maple with Micarta throat, tip, and kurigato. The copper furniture is finished rough and heat-colored. Tsuka is black-dyed rayskin, traditionally wrapped in silk braid.

Tsuba - Solid copper tsuba has pierced flower designs and applied sterling lady bugs each side. The seppa are hand filed, and the copper is heat-colored.

Tanto Tsuka - Solid copper tsuba, copper fuchi with applied sterling lady bugs, and hand-filed seppa. The kashira is copper and Micarta. The rayskin tsuka is unwrapped, and the mekugi is copper as well. The white diamond is a naturally-occurring raised nodule pattern on the back of the ray.

Katana Tsuka - Rayskin is wrapped with silk braid in a traditional diamond pattern and lacquered; this wrapping, along with the rayskin and embedded menuki, provides a non-slip grip under the most gory conditions.

    Architecture and award-winning museum-quality custom handmade knives, edged weapons, powder horns, tomahawks, war clubs, jewelry, metal sculpture, cribbage boards, flint and obsidian knives, Japanese swords, menorahs, and more from Tucson, Arizona artist and architect Larry Gotkin.

    About Larry Gotkin
    Artist & Registered AZ Architect
    Tucson, Arizona
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    Unique Custom Handmade Items: acid etching, architecture, blades, candle holders, cheese slicers, clasps, cribbage boards, chess setscustom knives, daggers, desk knives, dirks, edged weapons (knives), edged weapons (tomahawks), flint knives, guns, hadseax, handmade knives, Japanese swords, jewelry, katanas, kitchen knives, knife bags, knives, menukis, metal sculpture, obsidian knives, powder horns, powder_horns, puukkos, sax, scramaseax, scramsax, scrimshaw, seax, seaxe, sgian dubhs, skeans, skinners, spears, sword bags, swords, tallit clips, tantos, tomahawks, wakizashis, war clubs, weapons (knives), weapons (tomahawks), weapons (war clubs), yoga pose meditation candles, yoga pose metal sculptures


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