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I’d go with black jabara ito. Nice tanto! :)

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Cream for me. But you have to make sure you keep your hands clean or wear gloves.

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Chris,

It's not easy ! If it had a bit of original ito, at least you could justify using the same color. Hopefully, you have menuki your happy with and don't have to suffer through making that decision also... I think the Fred Lohman silk Tsuka-ito # 13 Blood red would look nice on your Tanto !

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Dave M.

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Considering the red saya, the white same and the "red" suaka tosogu, I would not go on blue or green ito. Too many différents colors.

I would even stay on dark colors: black or dark Brown or light color like the suggested creams. IMHO, the pure white is too flashy.

 

Then you also need to considere the style: regular 8mm ito, 6mm thin one, jabara, etc...

 

Not an easy choice !

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All good ideas you wrote and they are welcome to make a decission.

 

My thoughts become a little clearer. Its a long and strong tanto with simple fittings. Personal i like it colorfull. So i think i would tend indeed to leaf green (2) or a ocean blue (8) that make a hard contrast to the red saya. 6mm ito will be look better than the standard width i think. 1 and 10 looks also nice too. It's terrible... 😄

 

And black is classic what i like. But red looks cool too. And the cream white is very noble.

 

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4 or 7 for me.

 

The reason I’m going for black and jabara maki is because there seems to be some black intermixed with the red of the saya. So black would recall that. But cream looks classy too.

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Now, if you really want opposite colors, the opposite color to red is green in the chromatic wheel.

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Red and green always reminds me of a Christmas ornament.  I think with the red saya and color of the fittings, yellow would look good.  Kind of a deep yellow that would play off the fittings.

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22 hours ago, Gunome said:

Considering the red saya, the white same and the "red" suaka tosogu, I would not go on blue or green ito. Too many différents colors.

I would even stay on dark colors: black or dark Brown or light color like the suggested creams. IMHO, the pure white is too flashy.

 

Then you also need to considere the style: regular 8mm ito, 6mm thin one, jabara, etc...

 

Not an easy choice !

 

 I was thinking less pure white more the cream colour.... Is there a pure white Ito anyway?

 

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Just wanted to clarify my earlier suggestion...bright Christmas red would not look good, but a darker maroon or burgundy color of red I think would look great!

 

Cream color would also be a good choice!

 

Dave M.

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Well, if someone hung a green and red Tanto in my Christmas tree, I think it would renew by belief in Santa Claus! 😋

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1 hour ago, 16k said:

Well, if someone hung a green and red Tanto in my Christmas tree, I think it would renew by belief in Santa Claus! 😋

 

Hello Santa 😄

 

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Looks nice to me 😀

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8 hours ago, Dave R said:

 

 I was thinking less pure white more the cream colour.... Is there a pure white Ito anyway?

 

Hello Dale,

 

What I called "pure white" was these kind of white (the "white" not "ivory"). Don't know really if it is pure white, but it is close.

https://www.namikawa-ltd.com/product/145

 

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On 11/1/2020 at 10:14 AM, 16k said:

Now, if you really want opposite colors, the opposite color to red is green in the chromatic wheel.

That's what I would choose, too.

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White maki reminds me of mourning. In fact, when a lord has their funeral march all tsuka are over-wrapped in white cloth. You may see this on the miniature display at the Meijijingu. John

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Ok the decission comes nearer. I think it will be xxxxxx. The question now is silk or cotton, big or small sections. 

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