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Zanpakuto Tsuba Designs: Pt 13 by chioky Zanpakuto Tsuba Designs: Pt 13 by chioky
:star: The Zanpakuto Tsuba Index

The purpose of these drawings is to help swordmakers and propmakers. When it comes to making katana's or zanpakuto's most of the time the tsuba is the most unique part of the sword. It is the part of the katana which has most of design. So I drew up these closely detailed and accurate measurements of these tsuba's. With these tsuba's they act as a reference when your going to attempt to make the sword. If you use a scene from a anime or manga to make use reference for your tsuba, it might be flawed. So I have saved you the trouble and drawn them all out clearly, with measurements so you can print and cut them out.

:bulletblue: Itegumo: I was analysing pictures of isane's zanpakuto, there werent many might I add and I was trying to see if the 6 spikes were drawn directly into a center point. However when I successfully did that the tsuba design looked on proportional and so I changed the positions of the spikes around and now it looks alot cleaner. I was also contemplating if this was too big or too small but for me its okey. My opinion on the actual tsuba is that spikes look cool but are difficult to keep sharp.

:bulletblue: Zabimaru: I dont know why I havent gotten round to drawing this one yet until now. Anyhow there were only a few clear pictures of the designs of this tsuba becuase the design varys. However the main difference is when the zanpakuto is released or unreleased becuase the center hole changed size proportionally to hold the blade. So the details were either consumed or pushed aside. So remember this tsuba is for if your going to make a released zabimaru aka the type that splits apart into a whip sword.

:bulletblue: Important Notes:

. ALL these guards slide into swords with a thicnkess of 5 mm and 30 mm long, there are some exceptions.
.The parrallel lines are the rims of the guards that you cut out of balsa wood and glue onto the main guard.
.Download the full version, then copy and paste it, print it off then cut it out with scissors.
.Once it the paper tsuba is cut out, then draw around it with a pencil on the wood, then cut it out to finish.


:star: Tensa Zangetsu and Sode No Shirayuki: [link]
:star: Benihime and Shinso: [link]
:star: Senbonzakura and Kyoko Suigetsu: [link]
:star: Suzumushi and Hyorinmaru: [link]
:star: Pantera and Murciélago: [link]
:star: Gamazu and Shinji Hirako's: [link]
:star: Haineko and Wabisuke: [link]
:star: Hiyori Sarugaki's and Lisa Yadomaru's: [link]
:star: Kazeshini and Tobiume: [link]
:star: Zaraki Kenpachi's and Yachiru Kusajishi's: [link]
:star: Ichigo Kurosaki's and Isshin Kurosaki's : [link]
:star: Suzumebachi and Gegetsuburi: [link]
:star: Itegumo and Zabimaru: [link]
:star: Tiburon and Brujería: [link]
:star: Tenken and Gonryomaru: [link]
:star: Katen Kyokotsu and Sogyo no Kotowari: [link]
:star: Nejibana and Nanao Ise's Tsuba: [link]
:star: Hozukimaru and Fuji Kujaku: [link]
:star: Ashisogi Jizo and Fornicaras: [link]
:star: Ryujin Jakka and Minazuki: [link]
:star: Trepadora and Ira: [link]
:star: Fenix and Mirokumaru: [link]
:star: Ganju Shiba's and Kukaku Shiba's: [link]
:star: Tachikaze and Mashiro Kuna's: [link]
:star: Love's and Rose's: [link]
:star: Hisagomaru and Tsunzakigarasu: [link]
:star: Nijigasumi and Ashido Kano's: [link]
:star: Daiguren Hyorinmaru and Hyorinmaru: [link]
:star: Raika and Reppu: [link]
:star: Tijereta and Giralda: [link]
:star: Del Toro and Volcanica: [link]
:star: Reina de Rosas and Pinsa Guda: [link]
:star: Arbola and Ultima: [link]
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:iconmehappy647:
mehappy647 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student Writer
i dont know what these are either, but they're very very epic...
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
you find epicness in the strangest of places
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mehappy647 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Writer
i find epicness in every nook and corner.
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bryron Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Photographer
hey.. i'm going to make the zabimari one :) in a shikai mode.. i dont know if i'll be able to do it:) but i'm willing to try :) so i'm going to take your print one the tsuba.. or hilt..
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
and good luck with that
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:iconbryron:
bryron Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Photographer
thanks.. i think i got it how i want to do it in my head.. hmm so the only problem is to make it happen:).. i need a lot of ducttape
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CreepingBoNE Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have a guard design for Ichimaru Gin, please?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
yes I do, go find it in the links
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:iconcreepingbone:
CreepingBoNE Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's why I asked, I've looked through the links and can't seem to find it. :\
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
[link]

You obviously didn't look hard enough.
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:iconcreepingbone:
CreepingBoNE Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I even searched 'Gin Ichimaru' in your gallery, and nothing showed. :ohnoes:
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
If you wanted to find a persons sword, did it ever occur to also try typing in the NAME of the sword instead lol?
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CreepingBoNE Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
>__>...Now I feel really stupid. XD

I don't know the names of the individual swords, so it didn't occur to me.
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bleachmyheadband Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
the zabimaru one looks awesome, renji would be proud. could i make a request please?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
is it a request of a bleach tsuba to draw?
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kanzen-hokori Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
Chioky becous of you i managed to make an unreleased version of zabimaru . there were somethings i needed to change. so this is the end result [link]
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
thats a very nice sword, you seem to be making alot of swords lately, swordmaking is cool
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:iconkanzen-hokori:
kanzen-hokori Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
your right sword making is cool.but it is also relaxing and when i complete a sword it gives me an amazing feeling.
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CosplayMaverick Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008
I have one question: are the marking on Zabimaru's guard inset or outset?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
The markings would be outset
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ValerieNavarro Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
For Zabimaru's Guard: Since the released form is too technical to make, could you draw an unreleased guard for it?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
you do know there both the same thing lol
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ValerieNavarro Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Wait, Unreleased and Released Zabimaru are the same size...? Could you make an unreleased, then?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
yes they are the EXACT same size the only minor difference is the center
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eugenidesofattolia Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
how long do i reckon itegumo is? i was going to go with a 40" total length with a 1:3 handle to blade ratio

¬¬ but then i'm rubbish at estimating, so i thought a second opinion would be good
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
hmm that does sound reasonable depends if your taking about the released or unreleased version XD
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eugenidesofattolia Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
hmm :plotting: now that is a thought

....i'd reckon the side bits to be about 20" ¬¬ i'd have to check if i have enough wood

..but if i do :plotting: i never thought of that ^^
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gohan515 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
can't wait to see zabimaru XD
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
im never EVER making that sword please read the discription XD
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FoxKids1302 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't imagine you sit there torture yourself by making that Zanpakuto. My whole group had to help me make mine, and they're swear that they'll kill anyone mocking it (we spent 72 hours straight to make it ^^)
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chioky Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
indeed making a zabimaru alone would require mountains of patience, which I dont have, I might have the skills but not the patience. Thats why friends can share patience so lucky you XD
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FoxKids1302 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Uhm... I don't know if you can do this but... can you draw the tsuba of the Espada's? (such as Halibel, Luppi or Sunsun...). Oh, and thx for the tsuba of Renji ^^
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chioky Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
halibel and luppi's are already done I just havent uploaded them yet XD
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FoxKids1302 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so relief. My friend ask me to search for these tsubas. Although I already introduced him your deviant, he still grumbling me to death (he thinks I'm lazy in searching for these tsubas, but actually I can't find them anywhere else, you're my last hope)
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chioky Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
does your friend like makes swords in quick succession XD You know the tsuba doesnt have to be completed only after the blade is fully sharpened with details on it ^^ I had already made the tsuba designs when you first mentioned them, I just havent gotten round to uploading them XD
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Hosio Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
the first one has a preety designe! :>
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
lol well you can thank tite kubo for designing the guard like that then XD
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:iconhosio:
Hosio Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
i buy his manga that should be enough ;)
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ybloc Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow looks really good!
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
thanks alot this is just a short intermission between my swordmaking tutorials XD
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Novoxy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Tsuba... What does that mean in english? Guard? I don't know... =p

Anyways I got some graph paper maybe I can do a better "tsuba" with that than a regular piece of paper...
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
yes it is english for guard lol XD
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Novoxy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Well, I just wanted to make sure. Thanks. :ninja:

I'm doing the measurements for my "tsuba" right now.
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MetroidManiac Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
good snuff.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
this is intermission between my swordmaking tutorials XD
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sakui-kokoro Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Aww man there is something I want to say about Renji's Tsuba but I can't think of one of the words =[ You know the ';plastic thingy's over lightswitches' (<- that's the word I can't think of at the moment).. Renji's Tsuba would make a really cool design for them
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chioky Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
I have no idea what you said becuase my mind exploded trying to think of what you meant XD
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sakui-kokoro Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
I'm sorry.. I'm still too tired. I shouldn't comment (or talk much at all) after waking up ^^;;
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kayokokitsune Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful work as always!~

I want to make Renji's released as well so... of course i'll credit you!~

Keep it up Mr. C!~
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
its just tsuba drawings XD

ooh and your gonna credit me? you dont have to but I would love if you did ^^

and mr C I like the sound of that...
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