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The Manga Tsuba Designs: Pt 1 by chioky The Manga Tsuba Designs: Pt 1 by chioky
:star: The Manga Tsuba Index

The purpose of these drawings is to help swordmakers and propmakers. When it comes to making katana's or zanpakuto's most of the time the tsuba is the most unique part of the sword. It is the part of the katana which has most of design. So I drew up these closely detailed and accurate measurements of these tsuba's. With these tsuba's they act as a reference when your going to attempt to make the sword. If you use a scene from a anime or manga to make use reference for your tsuba, it might be flawed. So I have saved you the trouble and drawn them all out clearly, with measurements so you can print and cut them out.

:bulletblue: One Piece - Wado Ichimonji: This is the primary sword Zoro uses in battlw with his Santouryu style of fighting. He carrys this sword in his mouth to attack. A sword of great personal importance to Zoro, Wado Ichimonji (The One Road of Harmony), was once Kuina's and her family's named sword. It is one of the 21 O Wazamono or '21 Great Edges' of the world. Zoro asked for, and was given, Wadō Ichimonji by Kuina's father after her death. It is a pure-white blade, with a circular hand-guard. When you try to imagine the perfect looking basic katana design than it would be this sword Wado Ichimonji.

:bulletblue: One Piece - Sandai Kitetsu: Sandai Kitetsu is a Wazamono (Sharp Sword). Like all Kitetsu before it, it supposedly has a curse which caused all of the previous owners to fall to tragic deaths. Zoro found the sword in a barrel of cheap katanas in a shop at Loguetown. When the owner first saw it he wasn't going to allow Zoro to buy it, telling him of the curse. Zoro liked the concept and decided to test his luck against the curse. He threw it into the air and held out his arm willing to let it cut him. Zoro's luck won and the blade circled neatly around his arm. By far if I would pick my favoruite katana design in all history it would be this one.

:bulletblue: Important Notes:

. ALL these guards slide into swords with a thicnkess of 5 mm and 30 mm long, there are some exceptions.
.The parrallel lines are the rims of the guards that you cut out of balsa wood and glue onto the main guard.
.Download the full version, then copy and paste it, print it off then cut it out with scissors.
.Once it the paper tsuba is cut out, then draw around it with a pencil on the wood, then cut it out to finish.

:star: One Piece - Wado Ichimonji and One Piece - Sandai Kitetsu [link]
:star: One Piece - Yubashiri and One Piece - Shuusui [link]
:star: Blood+ - Saya's Sword and Blood+ - Saya's Katana [link]
:star: Claymore - "THE" Claymore and Fate/Stay Night - Caliburn [link]
:star: High School of the Dead - Murata-to and My-Hime - Miroku [link]
:star: D.Gray-man - Mugen and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle - Ginryu [link]
:star: Gurren Lagann - Kamina's Katana and Samurai Deeper Kyo - Tenro [link]
:star: InuYasha - Tetsusaiga and Rurouni Kenshin - sakabato [link]
:star: Samurai Champloo - Z Eyes Katana and Samurai Champloo - Typhoon Swell [link]
:star: Shakugan no Shana - Nietono no Shana and Shamen King - Harusame [link]
:star: YuYu Hakusho - Hiei's sword and Afro Samurai - Afro Samurai Sword [link]
:star: Bakumatsu Kikansetsu - Getsuruito and Bastard! - Gara's Sword [link]
:star: Kyo Kara Maoh! - Morgif and Code: Breaker - Izunenok Amikanesada [link]
:star: One Piece - Shigure and One Piece - Shinryu's Katana [link]
:star: Reborn! - Yamamoto's Katana and Black Blood Brothers - Jirou's katana [link]
:star: Soul Eater - Tsubaki and Soul Eater - Mifune's Katana [link]
:star: Dragon Ball Z - Trunks sword and Dragon Ball Z - Dabura's Sword [link]
:star: Fate/Stay Night - Excalibur and Fate/Stay Night - Durendal [link]
:star: Vagabond - Musashi's Katana and Vagabond - Kojiro's Katana [link]
:star: Sword of the S. - Nanashi's Katana and Sword of the S. - Luo Lang's Katana [link]
:star: Soul Eater - Excalibur and Dragon Ball Z - The Z Sword [link]
:star: Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle - Syaoran Li's Sword and Code Geass - Li Xingke's Sword [link]
:star: The Vision of Escaflowne - Sword of Fanelia and Fushigi Yugi - Hotohori's Sword [link]
:star: Saiyuki Gaiden - Cho Hakkai's Katana and Samurai Seven - K. Okamoto's Katana [link]
:star: InuYasha - Sesshomaru's Sword and Zombie Loan - Chika Akatsuki's Katana [link]
:star: The Story of Saiunkoku - Seiran Si's Sword and Code: Breaker - Shibuya's Katana [link]
:star: H. Toki no Naka de Hachiyo Sho - Yorihisa's Katana and Zero no Tsukaima - Gandalfr [link]
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mickhoz Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi Question? what size of a paper do i use to print it out? a Letter 8.5" x 11" is ok? Thanks for the fast Reply!
chioky Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
uk standard A4 size 210mm x 297mm
Hasegawa-Masato Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Can you make one of Genesis's sword in Final Fantasy 7 : Crisis Core? I need it for next year so no rush.
Totally using these for this year though :P
chioky Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
haha tottally not
Hasegawa-Masato Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Awww, why not?
junior999 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
please chioky can you draw the tsuba design of the nanashi sword from the movie "sword of the stranger"? please draw this tsuba fast i need for my cosplay
chioky Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
when do you need it by
junior999 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
as soon as you can
Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
Have you ever made swords from samurai 7, it is an awsome anime with great sword fights and music
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
No I have not because the swords are nothing special XD
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