Full Time Knifemaker
- Jan 9, 2011
I've found that the traditional furniture (koshirae/toso) isn't very practical for a user, especially the saya (scabbard/sheath). I've foregone having traditional fittings on the tsuka and removed the menuki, tsuba, and kashira on 2 of my user blades and just set them aside. They just have the rayskin wrapped in ito. They're a tiny bit lighter and might have shifted the balance slighty forward, but still very manageable in-hand. I would definitely consider a kydex saya less work, more durable, and easier to carry.
You are going to love them! They are going to be stripped down to the bare essentials, the only thing I'm adding is a stronger full tang.