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Handle Wrapping Tutorial v.2 by Laitz Handle Wrapping Tutorial v.2 by Laitz
The revised handle wrapping tutorial. This time, you can learn how to do the ending knot too, just like in actual japanese swords! Recommended for swordmakers, duh.

The wrapping material I used here is craft ribbon, 9mm wide. It can't compare to the proper handle wrapping tape, but it still has a great feel and an authentic look. My advice, if you're looking to use ribbon: get the textured ones instead of the smooth ones for a better and stronger grip.
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Given 2010-03-16
Tsukamaki is a Japanese tradition of wrapping a silk braid around the hilt of swords. Handle Wrapping Tutorial v.2 by ~Laitz is a lovely tutorial that will guide you step by step in the techniques needed to achieve one of the many styles of wrapping. This is perfect for custom and decorative props for themed character venues. ( Suggested by OneFreeInternet and Featured by znow-white )
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TeenTitans4EVER Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
This is really cool! Now all I need is a katana to wrap . . . Maybe I'll do this to my Nerf sword. :D Regardless your tutorial is really great!
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Laitz Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Wish you luck! :D
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!
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Sliter Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Awesome work! °w°)/
I sufered a lot trying by myself without having a tutorial like this XD thanks!
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Laitz Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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hg-project Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Digital Artist
So helpful!! I always get confused drawing the handle parts of swords.
Thank you so much!
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Laitz Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Glad it was of help!
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RanNara Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!!
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Laitz Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hope it helped!
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chibifool Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
wow, awesome *-*
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Laitz Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D
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Rirukuo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for making this! I was desperately looking for a tutorial on handle wrapping, and finally I found this one :squee:
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Laitz Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're most welcome. ^^
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baka-imouto Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lovely and very easy to follow instructions! The extensive photography is really helpful.
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Laitz Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you. Hope it was of use to you! ^^
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baka-imouto Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It will be as soon as I get a nodachi blade!! ^__^
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Onegathos Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMFG!!! this is just awesome!! :D thank you so much for it!!
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IsaneAtsoui Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Very useful!~ Thanks!~
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semeniuc Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Thanks a lot. I really wanted to refresh tzuka of my training katana.
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Laitz Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Whoa, haha, looks like you made your point. :P You're welcome (x3).
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semeniuc Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Thanks a lot. I really wanted to refresh tzuka of my training katana.
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semeniuc Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Thanks a lot. I really wanted to refresh the tzuka of my training katana.
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Random-Panic-Society Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial!
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Laitz Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! ^^
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NoBuddy-else Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
This might really be of help some day. Thank you. :D
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Laitz Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome. :)
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UtopianPictures Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
What a neat tutorial. Thank you for making this.
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Laitz Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks. :)
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fedtowolves Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Most epic tutorial ever? I think so.
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BabakoSen Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so cool! I never could figure out how they did it til now!
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Silverwind3D Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome. I always wondered how they got the grips for katana's so uniform. Thanks for sharing! :)
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Bad-People Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Finally I can fix all those messed up handles…
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Pandadrake Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! Now I can have the grip I need to decapitate someone. Thanks!
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Aergia Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
So cool!
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ShirouJune Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sent this to a friend, I'll try doing it ^^
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PullItApart Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
This is probably the only tutorial I've read in my entire life that I actually understood. :laughing:
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Ryujisama Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This could become useful later...
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coatlquetzali Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
WHOOOOOOAH!!! THANKS SO MUCH I NEED THIS TO REPARATE MY KATANA n_n
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RivisIndigoEmporium Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is an EXTRAORDINARILY useful reference! Thank you so much for uploading it...! :clap:
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Noelle-Noelle Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
i love this tut! :icongrin--plz: :iconthankyouplz:
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GeruSadora Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Really great work on this. :clap: Congrats on the DD and thank you for bringing this to a wider audience. Now to see what it'd look like with material colored differently on both sides... :o
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kawaiimon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is a great tutorial, now I just need something to practice on! XD

Congrats on the DD, well deserved. :)
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Phantasm-D-Lagosa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is a nice tutorial; I'll have to give it a shot. :D
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Laitz Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck!
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Phantasm-D-Lagosa Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very very cool.
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Lame-Ino-Girl Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's an awsome tutorial, but where'd you get the sword handle?
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Laitz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Bought it sometime ago in a weapons shop in Japan. Made of plastic.. its not exactly a proper handle, but it works well enough for tutorials. :)
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Lame-Ino-Girl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really?.... sweet!
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Graphic-Pulse Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
I just wrapped a sword handle with ribbon for the first time using this tutorial and it was really helpful!

Took me a couple of tries to get the twisting it under to work properly but i'm happy with how it turned out.

Thanks for making this tutorial!!! :D
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