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Katana Handle Wrapping Tut by Hexuas Katana Handle Wrapping Tut by Hexuas
WARNING - Big File.

This is a tutorial for wrapping a katana handle.

I used this method, for my Bleach Cosplay, seen here. [link]

If anyone uses it, I would love it if you could link me.

Any questions or comments, you can either leave me a comment, or send me a note.

I hope this tut helps people out there!
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:iconangelbolt85:
angelbolt85 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
i'm cosplaying as Zer0 from borderlands 2 and will this to make my katana repersent my irish heritage
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crow5derlock Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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I used it on my Display Wakizashi.

Doesn't look as clean i must admit, but it fits the hand far better.
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Anikayakushi Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this! I'm cosplaying as Yuno Gasai this year, and I wanted to make her katana with that black dress, so thank you thank you thank you! I'll be sure to link you a picture! :3
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Flashbang22 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student
Hi I'm from Des Moines Iowa in the U.S. and wanted to know where can I find Ito wraps?
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puricoXD Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
this was very helpful!
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puricoXD Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
[link]

there ya go
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:iconcrimsonwingz076:
crimsonwingz076 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool. Now i need is a wood handle for my umbrella. XD
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:iconpadawan-razen:
Padawan-RaZen Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm gonna try this for my Lightsaber, add a bit of flair to it. I'll definitely post pics once it's done, and will deinitely credit you :P
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:iconoujisama-yuki:
Oujisama-Yuki Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I think I'm going to try this as well - will definitely link you if I can get it to work :)
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AdvancedManga Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you soooooooooo much! This was so helpful! I just used it for Rukia's zanpaktou and it came out fantastic!
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Glad I could help you out so much!
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fancyduckie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
This is going to be super helpful for when I cosplay Raimei. Thanks for making this! It kind of reminds me of lacing pointe shoes, lol.
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Not a problem! Glad it's still helpful to people after so long! ;3
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Gandalfx Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist
It's nice seeing people put up tutorials (it's actually the nicest thing an artist can possibly do).

You do however realize, that this is not the traditionally correct way of wrapping the handle (tsuka)?
I don't wanna appear flaming or anything, I'd just have to point it out. If your aim is a traditional look, search for other tutorials around (there are lots) that show the correct (and in my opinion more beautiful) way of wrapping the tsuka.
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buffini Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
thanks for this :) i want to do this for my bokken. does it slip of the bottom easily?
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Not a problem!

It doesn't slip off if you wrap the material around the bottom enough times and tie a knot. Mine's still perfect and it's two years later.
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buffini Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
oh cool. thank you soooo much :3
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SabishiiMeiga Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!!! It was a damn useful tutorial and easy to learn!! :D

Your tutorial was the first I found while I was searching how to "ribbonize" my Katana handle. It took me about 5 minute to get the trick and in 45 minutes my handle was completed.

Soon I'll upload the pictures, because I still need to finish the blade. :D
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Hey ;D

That's great to here, glad I could be of some help to you!

You'll have to send me the pictures when you're done!
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SabishiiMeiga Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure I will :P

Err... I'm new here so you want me to attach the picture in a message, or that I link your profile in the description of my deviation?

"^_^
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
I don't mind, haha. Up to you!

Just glad i could be of some help.
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SabishiiMeiga Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Here it is, my completed project ;P

[link]
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Thanks, it looks awesome!
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p1ng666 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
thankyou very much! all the pictures really helped!
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
No problem!

Glad I could help! 8D
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irmpie Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the tutorial! it helped a lot^^ but it's so hard to do:O I didn't get it as good as you did:XD:
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Ah it is a little hard to do. Do you need any advice on any part of it? ^^

Glad to help.
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irmpie Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well I sort of finished it (I think:XD:) I got impatient:XD: but one question how do you get it that smooth>.< hmm how am I going to explain this (damn my bad english) those parts on the sides should overlap a bit... but they don't want to:XD:
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Pemaroo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
Thanks so much for this tutorial! It has just helped me finish off my zanpakutou :heart: (funny how a lot of tutorials I looked up in the process for katana making were due to Bleach, haha! xD)
Super helpful tutorial anyway, it's written really well, nice and clear. It's actually the second I tried to use, the first was apparently the more "authentic" way and I gave up, it was too hard Dx So you saved my day there! Thanks again! *favs to spread the love*
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Hexuas Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
Thankyou so much. It's nice to hear that I did help someone with this tutorial. <3

I'd love to see the end result if you have any pictures!

Thankyou for the fave aswell!
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fieryfae Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nice tutorial. I was actually looking for a reference to draw the handle. I really enjoyed seeing how you wrap it. Now I know exactly how its supposed to look.
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Hah thanks. Glad I could be of help to you ^_^
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marylyn24 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Wow, so pretty. : D
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Thanks ;D
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636lariv Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
i wish this had helped me but my katana's handle is in such a wierd shape....this dosent work on my sword :(
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MaqiChanThunder Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
very cool! ^^
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:iconloveanime:
loveanime Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Awesome. Very helpful.
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Thanks :D
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Karumaru Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
Sharingan!!! thanks... good guide....
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kuricurry Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Very helpful ! And well done.. :w00t:
I managed to make one before finding this one-- But ~
It's only one side that looks good.. :XD: your tutorial is very expertly done.. ~!!
Wonder if you have anything for "blades" ~ :XD:
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BritaLee Featured By Owner May 12, 2008   Digital Artist
It looks simple enough, but I've been trying it out, and its not working for me. =( Blast! I fail! Its the twisting part. I try it out, but it just doesn't look the way yours does. I wonder what I'm doing wrong.
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:iconbritalee:
BritaLee Featured By Owner May 12, 2008   Digital Artist
Then again, maybe its because I'm using bias tape instead of ribbon. I'll try this again later.
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
okay ^^ if you need any help, don't be afraid to ask.

:3
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:iconbritalee:
BritaLee Featured By Owner May 13, 2008   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconhollyrose:
HollyRose Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008   Digital Artist
Thats really great. I am tempted to try cosplay myself now. =)
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
thanks ^^

I'd love to see it if you did
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lupine-lupus Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh....this should be v.helpful ^^
Great tutorial!
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
thanks :D

always glad to help
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GdorChaser13 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I'm going to do a samurai cosplay just to use this...
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:iconhexuas:
Hexuas Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
Lol! Thanks. ^^

Be sure to send me a note with the finished product.
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