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 Post subject: mekugi ana?
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:33 am 
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i was wondering how do we make the mekugi ana? is there a kind of drill bit to use or something? is it straight or of a conical shape?

also is it possible to make a smaller hole on one side and a bigger one on the other side of the tsuka?

so much question for a single post but the japanese swords are just too facinating :)

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 Post subject: Re: mekugi ana?
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:06 am 
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É.Hamel san

>I was wondering how do we make the mekugi ana?
>Is there a kind of drill bit to use or something?
>Is it straight or of a conical shape?
>Also is it possible to make a smaller hole on one side and a bigger one on the other side of the tsuka?

MEKUGI-ANA is made with a gimlet (KIRI).
This hole is extended with the rattail file (MARU-YASURI).

>what would be the diameter for both sides of the tsuka?

The surface and the back are the holes of the same size.
If it is why.
It is because it changes by TSUKAMAKI (position of HISHI).
MEKUGI-TAKE is on TUKASHITAJI.

Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: mekugi ana?
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:49 pm 
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i will always be amazed by how much i can learn on this forum thank you kensen-san very informative!

note: paul, you got a great idea by making this forum it's very helpful and i learn many things everyday. thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: mekugi ana?
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:35 am 
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É.Hamel san

>what would be the diameter for both sides of the tsuka?

The surface and the back are the holes of the same size.
If it is why.
It is because it changes by TSUKAMAKI (position of HISHI).

>also i see all mekugi on nihonto or mogito are rounded on one of the extremities how do they do that, with files?

1: TANTO use MEKUGI(tanto_mekugi.jpg) : The point becomes thin.
2: SHIRASAYA use MEKUGI(shirasaya_mekugi.jpg) : The point becomes thin.
3: KOSHIRAE use MEKUGI(mekugi.jpg ) : It is the almost same thickness. It becomes somewhat thin.
1 and 2 : A picture is material. Completion has a difference in thickness more.

Japan's expert makes this 3: KOSHIRAE-MEKUGI. (mekugi.jpg )
One side is a plane.
One side becomes round only a few.
It deletes round by YSURI.
MEKUGI-TAKE is on TUKASHITAJI.

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 Post subject: Re: mekugi ana?
 Post Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:52 pm 
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Wow, that is a sexy mekugi, I must say. I had no idea there were different shapes for tanto and koshrae vs shira saya.

I though that the shira saya style was more or less universal.

Thanks much kensen-san.

Harry


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 Post subject: Re: mekugi ana?
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:36 pm 
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thak you kensen san now i know i can use the spare menuki i have as they are and that there is no need for me to taper them!!

thats why i like to ask about every little details about these swords you always learn something new :D


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 Post subject: Re: mekugi ana?
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:30 am 
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Hello, Kensen~san!

I have read many posts written by you, your information is very helpful!
ありがとうございます!

My question is for tanto...please tell me if i understand correctly:

1. the mekugi-ana in the tsuka is one size, straight through, no taper.
2. and the mekugi is slightly tapered.

よろしく!

large photo examples i have found for study:
http://www.nihontoantiques.com/images/t ... shirai.jpg
http://www.nihontoantiques.com/images/K ... shirai.jpg
http://www.nihontoantiques.com/images/h ... hirai2.jpg

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 Post subject: Re: mekugi ana?
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:54 am 
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davej san.

Thank you.

Kensen


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 Post subject: Re: mekugi ana?
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 2:46 am 
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Kensen~san...

which way does the mekugi go into the tsuka?

most examples i see are into the omote side:
http://www.nihontoantiques.com/images/K ... shirai.jpg

but this photo looks like into the ura:
http://www.nihontoantiques.com/images/h ... hirai2.jpg

which is usually correct for tanto? is it the same for shirasaya?

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 Post subject: Re: mekugi ana?
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Davej san.

> is it the same for shirasaya?

Shirasaya is always put in from SASHI-OMOTE.

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