The katana habaki (blade collar sword) is a metal fitting that is attached to the base of the blade, just above the handle.
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What is a habaki

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The katana habaki (blade collar sword) is a metal fitting that is attached to the base of the blade, just above the handle. It has two main purposes: to keep the blade secure in the scabbard and to provide a degree of protection for the user's hand.

The habaki is made from a variety of materials, but most commonly it is made from brass or copper. The habaki should be tight-fitting and snug against the blade, with no gaps between the habaki and the blade.

There are two main types of habaki: katana-style and wakizashi-style. Katana-style habaki are wider than wakizashi-style habaki, and they have a more pronounced curve. Wakizashi-style habaki are more slender and have a less pronounced curve.

When choosing a habaki, it is important to select one that is the correct size and shape for your sword. If the habaki is too large or too small, it can damage the blade or cause the sword to become loose in the scabbard. If the habaki is not the correct shape, it can interfere with the movement of the blade and make it difficult to draw from the scabbard.

How to make a habaki

Making a brass habaki is not as difficult as it may seem. With the right tools and a little bit of know-how, anyone can make a professional-looking and functional habaki in no time.

For this tutorial, you will need:

  • 1*piece of copper or brass sheeting
  • 1*sharp knife
  • 1*file
  • 1*some sandpaper

1. Start by cutting a strip of metal that is about 2 inches wide and 12 inches long. Use your knife to score a line down the center of the strip, then fold the strip in half lengthwise so that the two scored lines line up perfectly.

2.Next, use your file to smooth out the edges of the strip so that they are nice and even. Once the edges are smoothed, you can begin shaping the habaki. Start by giving it a basic “U” shape, then use your fingers to gently curl the ends inward until they meet in the center.

3.Once your habaki is shaped, you can use your sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges or imperfections. When you are finished sanding, your habaki should be nice and smooth with no sharp edges.

Now all that is left to do is give your habaki a final polish and it will be ready to use. Congratulations, you have just made your very own habaki!

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