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Matashichi Hayashi Utsushi

Postby cam_hardiman » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:48 am

Progress on my Matashichi Hayashi Utsushi, Plum Blossom and Moon from tutorial no 2.

I printed to image out in scale then placed it onto the a pice of 5 mm steel plate. A few drops of thick viscosity CA glue, that spread throughout the print like it was tissue paper, and the images was fixed onto the steel. The print layer with the CA glue is pretty hard and survived some rough treatment.

I ran out of Glardon Vallorbe 2/0 blades halfway through cutting the tsuba. So I switched to Super Pike 2/0 that I had as a back up. The Super Pikes didn't like cutting bends and corners as much as the Vallorbe blades did; they were much better performers.

After the cutting was completed, the image was removed with acetone.

Tusba 2 Cut.jpg


I started the filing. Its going to take quite a while to complete. In case you are wondering about the patchy colour of the steel? It was cold rolled plate so the skin was hard. So it spent the night in the fire. Now it's workable. The night in the fire would have burnt the print layer off as well.

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Re: Matashichi Hayashi Utsushi

Postby Ford » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:00 am

A good start, Cam.

One quick tip, before filing and after annealing you might want to pickle the steel to remove any scale. Fire scale is harder than the steel itself and will dull your files more quickly.

Jewellers safety pickle (used only for ferrous, don't put copper in it or you'll plate the steel) or diluteted HCl, muriatic or swimming pool acid does a quick job. Just don't leave the piece in and forget about it :-p Rinse with a little bicarb to neutralise when clean.
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Re: Matashichi Hayashi Utsushi

Postby cam_hardiman » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:41 am

Great tip Ford. I do that now. Thank you.

I'm already planning my next Tsuba...I think I'm addicted.

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Re: Matashichi Hayashi Utsushi

Postby cam_hardiman » Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:10 am

Some more filing, two days worth in fact. I'll be putting this aside soon until I get myself a pitch bowl and some tagane. Still of work to do on this Tsuba.

Next Tsuba is on the drawing board.

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Re: Matashichi Hayashi Utsushi

Postby cam_hardiman » Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:38 am

More filing.

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Re: Matashichi Hayashi Utsushi

Postby Steve » Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:03 pm

Looking good Cam. Since I'm following behind you with this tutorial, I share your pain. I'll post pics eventually.

Thanks for posting.
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Re: Matashichi Hayashi Utsushi

Postby cam_hardiman » Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:07 am

Great Steve,

Post it here if you like. I have a little more filing to do. Then I plan to patina it an add sekigane. I don't have carving tools yet (they are expensive to bring in from a Japan), but plan to purchase soon.

I'll return to the Tsuba once I have the tools and some basic carving skills to finish off the detail in the flowers and buds. I'll do as much detail as I can with files in the meantime.

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