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#1 Artur DrogaMiecza

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 11:29 PM

I bought a blade with habaki, so I need to make everything else myself.

 

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I decided to make aikuchi with buffalo horn fittings with flower motif

 

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 11:42 PM

I like buffalo horn a lot. It's simple and elegance material, easy to work with.

 

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I cut out nakago-ana and koiguchi holes, fitted the lines so that there were no gaps.

 

Then I rounded it up, and I have marked the place where the flower petals will be...

 

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After polishing:

 

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#3 Artur DrogaMiecza

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 11:59 PM

Jabaramaki is the most interesting type of braid. I love it. I chose a braid Ajirokumiagemaki for this project.

 

Preparation of strips

 

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Everything is ready.

 

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Sewing critical places

 

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Making knots ura and omote

 

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This is final result:

 

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Look at the detail of the knot, it’s flower shaped knot. 

 

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I hope You like it...


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Posted 08 February 2019 - 12:08 AM

At the end of saya I also made a chrysanthemum flower theme:

 

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The final result:

 

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The next project will be better.


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Posted 08 February 2019 - 04:32 AM

Really nice work!


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Posted 08 February 2019 - 07:52 AM

That’s some serious skill you got there!:clap
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Posted 08 February 2019 - 08:11 AM

All topics merged into one.


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Posted 08 February 2019 - 03:52 PM

WOW Great job. You are very talented and do beautiful work. Thank you for sharing
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Posted 08 February 2019 - 03:55 PM

Wow!! What to say more... :thumbsup:


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Posted 08 February 2019 - 04:46 PM

Hmmmmmm
The silence is deafening.


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#11 Artur DrogaMiecza

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 12:21 AM

Thank You All for good words, it motivates me to improve my skills even more.

Thank You


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Posted 09 February 2019 - 12:59 AM

Welcome to the forum, Artur. That's a very-effective way to introduce yourself! Makes me wonder why I haven't done something similar. Great job!

 

I also see your many tsuba for sale on eBay.


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Posted 09 February 2019 - 06:04 AM

Makes me realize, as I stare at all of my Koshirae material, how much of a procrastin....busy person I am.

 

Well done on the koshirae! Inspiring! 


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Posted 09 February 2019 - 06:24 AM

You do so much great work, seen it on Facebook too!
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Posted 14 February 2019 - 03:13 PM

Beautiful work Artur, thank you for sharing with us.



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#16 Artur DrogaMiecza

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 08:42 PM

I am sorry for silence, and that I do not give in, but this is my first forum at all. It is easier to answer the question than to create interesting threads.

 

I am currently preparing a new project with the edge of the accusatory, which I will share as I finish. The work stages can be found on my instagram.

 

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Greetings

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#17 Artur DrogaMiecza

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 09:10 PM

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 09:26 PM

I’ll say it again, Artur, you are talented. Eager to see the rest.
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Posted 20 February 2019 - 01:29 PM

WONDERFUL... :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Posted 21 February 2019 - 12:24 AM

Osoraku project. I put it quickly on 2-sided tape to see if the project goes according to the idea. It was important day for tsuka / fuchi / koiguchi / saya - common geometry, without gaps. I’ m thinking about menuki if it will be at all. Saya will be black glossy with copper filings or copper crumped foil. 

 

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#21 Artur DrogaMiecza

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 03:58 PM

Tanto 1 finished. Received sageo today and this is final effect. 

Like it? 

You can see whole work in progress.

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 05:26 PM

Man, you’ve made a masterpiece! I bow down before your talent!
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Posted 06 March 2019 - 05:50 PM

Really gorgeous work! I'm impressed!


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 06:57 PM

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Masterpiece?
Any of the older collectors want to chime in? It's satisfactory work. Far from traditional, and far from refined. Let's not get carried away here.
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Posted 06 March 2019 - 07:39 PM

Been waiting....guess were all to polite or really inexperienced.
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Posted 06 March 2019 - 07:45 PM

Oh, come on, I know that restoring a blade on your own is not encouraged and frowned upon, but it could really have fallen in worse hands.

It may not be traditional, but clearly, Artur is a talented craftsman and as an amateur sculpteur/illustrator, I have to recognize talent where I see it.

This blade was in a bad shape, was probably quite cheap and would have remained in its state or worsened over the years until it would have disappeared from the face of the earth.

So, no, that may not be a traditional restoration, I certainly wouldn’t encourage anyone to even try it, but he gave it a second life in his own way...
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Posted 06 March 2019 - 08:36 PM

I like the work, but have been excoriated for same...I thought that blade restoration by non Japanese trained persons was unwelcome on the NMB.


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 08:57 PM

And been wondering why it went past first stage. Hats off for giving it a go. Lord knows id not done that well..but all the fawning over IT makes me feel like im on FB not NMB. Masterpiece a bit extreme.
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#29 Artur DrogaMiecza

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 09:28 PM

Oh, come on, I know that restoring a blade on your own is not encouraged and frowned upon, but it could really have fallen in worse hands.

It may not be traditional, but clearly, Artur is a talented craftsman and as an amateur sculpteur/illustrator, I have to recognize talent where I see it.

This blade was in a bad shape, was probably quite cheap and would have remained in its state or worsened over the years until it would have disappeared from the face of the earth.

So, no, that may not be a traditional restoration, I certainly wouldn’t encourage anyone to even try it, but he gave it a second life in his own way...

 

thanks JP



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Posted 07 March 2019 - 08:42 AM

I have been biting my tongue...a LOT.
I already deleted the posts about amateur polishing of this. I should have listened to my gut.
JP.... This need to be entirely redone to be even remotely acceptable from a Japanese point of view. Not sure where the idea of a huge chunky (tsuba or fuchi or koiguchi or what is that??) comes from. But a wrap is judged by the consistency and the perfect diamonds.
It is a nice custom job on a knife. But as a traditional Japanese restoration.... umm..no.
I decided to try being lenient and polite to prevent the usual snowflake outcry, but really...this is beyond a joke. Not going to do that anymore.
Artur....
Your work is nice. You are able to craft very well, your lacquerwork seems good and you perform good work. But it is far from traditional. It would be great on a custom knife or non-traditional blade.
That bulky tsuba thing is not Japanese. Your wrap needs refinement, keep the diamonds perfect. That ito is a bit thick for the size of the tsuka.
You have fun, you enjoy what you do and you clearly have talent. But it is not strictly traditional and this forum is.
Love seeing your work, but from a craftsman point of view and not as a Nihonto collector.
 


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