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Paste for Tsukamaki?
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Author:  Andi B. [ Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Paste for Tsukamaki?


I want to wrap a tsuka for a wakizashi waiting to be mounted.
Therefore I browsed my collection of tsukamaki information and found an interesting video clip.
The Tsukamaki-shi is using a special tool/paste to prepare the ito before wrapping.
Unfortunately I can not understand what he explains so I hope you can help me with my question:
Please, what is this?

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Author:  kensen [ Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Paste for Tsukamaki?

hello Andi-san.

A name is called 薬練 クスネ (KUSUNE).

KUSUNE is boiled resin(MATSUYANI) and rapeseed oil(NATANE ABURA).

It boils for small fire, about 2 hours.
Fire warns against entering into a pan.
The quantity of NATANE oil is difficult.

KUSUNE is very hot.

KUSUNE winter use are increasing the amount of NATANEOIL.

Thank you,


Author:  Stuart [ Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:34 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Paste for Tsukamaki?

Is this using matsuyani and natane oil? I have a page on my website devoted to it. If otherwise, please ignore it. John

Author:  kensen [ Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Paste for Tsukamaki?

John san.

KUSUNE is boiled resin(MATSUYANI) and rapeseed oil(NATANE ABURA).
松脂(MATSUYANI)と菜種油(NATANE ABURA)を煮合わせたもの。

Thank you.


Author:  FFontenla [ Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Paste for Tsukamaki?

Thank you very much for your reply.
would not detract from the post.
but in the same movie, the tsukamakishi, use tissue paper to make the tsukamaki.
is this normal?. thank you very much again and sorry for my bad English Fontenla peter

Author:  kensen [ Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Paste for Tsukamaki?

FFontenla san.

HISHI-KAMI (paper: Sekishu paper:石州半紙) is put into HISHI.
HISHI-KAMI is certainly put in.
If HISHI-KAMI is put in and rolled, TSUKA will carry out just fit to a hand.

Thank you.


Author:  Andi B. [ Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Paste for Tsukamaki?


in this little move the artisan is treating the tsukaito with this Kusune.
But what is the purpose of it?
He also brushed the samegawa with ibota...?
Is this all done to make the tsukaito "sticky" and to give it "grip" on the rayskin?

Best regards

I have just discovered here in another post the subtitled version of the video...
Will have a look and maybe the question will be solved...

Author:  Toryu [ Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Paste for Tsukamaki?

Kensen Sensei -
I too am interested in the use of "paste" is it common to glue down the tsukaito? Most people I think imagine the samegawa grips the tsukaito and it is the skill of the tsukamaki-shi that keeps a good wrap all together. I am especially curious if paste/glue is used when the tsuka has brocade, leather or some other material as a base other than samegawa.

Thank you

Author:  kensen [ Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:55 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Paste for Tsukamaki?

Toryu san.

TSUNEKUMI-ITO (silk) and leather of ITO is should be wound using KUSUNE.
Other adhesive is not required.
The important thing is boiled how KUSUNE.
How much to the stickiness?
If room temperature to the winding of the work is constant, it is may be one kind.
Where hot summers and cold winters, as in Japan, are making the two types.
Please make the good the KUSUNE.


Thank you. KENSEN

Author:  kensen [ Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Paste for Tsukamaki?

Kusune use yourself Make your own.
How to Make, mix in melted put rosin, vegetable oils (rapeseed oil, sesame oil, olive oil, etc.) an appropriate amount of.
Small amount of liquid that is taken out with a spoon, cool by hanging a few drops in the water. To determine the solid knob at your fingertips while KUSUNE was cooled with water.
If you have too hard a few drops of oil in addition, if soft, add pine resin.
KUSUNE is added to the mix (small amount) was dissolved in vegetable oil to the rosin.
Things are cooling KUSUNE.
There is a sticky at room temperature and a pressure-sensitive adhesive force.
From changes in viscosity by adding the amount of vegetable oil, divided to make for summer and winter. Be done outdoors because that odor and rosin melts.
In the form of a simple tabletop gas stove, using a small iron pot. The reason is that iron way to adjust the thermal insulation is because it is easily better than aluminum. You should work hard for you.
Thank you.

Kensen Iiyama

I do not have the confidence to communicate in English.
I'm sorry my expression that I was wrong.

English is not well spent.
Do you understand?
I'm sorry.

私は英語でのコミュニケーションに自信がありません。 私の表現が間違っていたらごめんなさい。

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