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lbb
03-21-2012, 09:29 PM
My bokken's tsuba got broken and I got a replacement, but it has never fit well and is constantly slipping. I guess it's differently shaped than the original. Any ideas where I could get a tsuba that actually fits?

JJF
03-22-2012, 05:04 AM
Get a tsuba yame.. it's a rubber ring that fits around the bokken and keeps the tsuba in place... it's also known as 'habaki'.

You can see examples here: http://www.imperialarmory.com/bokken.shtml

http://www.masamune-store.com/idio-set-masamune-classic,us,4,BU_BO_IAI_CLC.cfm

http://www.barringtons-swords.co.uk/wood_weapons.html

lbb
03-22-2012, 07:55 AM
Hi Jorgen,

I have not one but two tsuba yame, and believe it or not, they don't do the trick. Maybe they're just weak and worthless and I need new ones? Still, I never had this problem before, with a single tsuba yame. Oh for my old tsuba. Back in my shindo muso days, we used to do hikiotoshi practice like nobody's business, and never a wiggle, but now...

JJF
03-22-2012, 09:21 AM
apply duct tape on appropriate place of the bokken. That should keep them in place :)

kewms
03-22-2012, 11:20 AM
Not cheap, but:
http://kingfisherwoodworks.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=kf&Category_Code=tsui

If you have a Kingfisher bokken, and if you're willing to send it back to them, they will custom fit a bamboo tsuba. Otherwise, they can make a leather tsuba to your measurements.

Both these options are expensive enough to not be worth it unless the bokken itself is fairly high quality.

Katherine

NagaBaba
03-22-2012, 11:45 AM
My bokken's tsuba got broken and I got a replacement, but it has never fit well and is constantly slipping. I guess it's differently shaped than the original. Any ideas where I could get a tsuba that actually fits?

You should do a tsuba by yourself.
Go to the shoemaker, ask for the thickest skin that is used on sole, it costs pennies.
Then cut out the form old tsuba to fit the bokken. On both sides of the tsuba you can set the rubber seals that are used for plumbing, so tsuba will not move too much even with strong slicing contact from other bokken or jo.

lbb
03-22-2012, 02:01 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, Sczcepan and Katherine. I think I'll take the DIY approach. I have a good friend who is a leatherworker and has the tools I will need to cut.

phitruong
03-22-2012, 02:23 PM
i was thinking about a DIY tsuba as well. i cut cardboard cutout templates. Just need to find the right materials. i was thinking about those bamboo flooring. wonder if that would work. or a cutout piece of PVC pipe http://fitness.china-direct-buy.com/v/4/product_detail/6355068/PVC_Pipe_Fitting-Flange.html

jbblack
03-22-2012, 05:19 PM
http://leathertsuba.com/