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The Manga Tsuba Designs: Pt 5 by chioky The Manga Tsuba Designs: Pt 5 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: High School of the Dead - Murata-To: Saeko Busujima is a high school senior and president of the school's kendo club, she is extremely skilled with a bokken and close combat. She originally had her own sword a simple shirasaya to fight against the zombies. However in chapter 12 Saya Takagi's father the politician decides to give her his most cherished sword to fight with. It's full name is Kissaki Moroha Kogarasu zukuri.

:bulletblue: My-Hime - Miroku: Mikoto's Element is Miroku, a black claymore or two-handed sword. She is able to strike with great force, open portals of dark energy and has cleaved a ferry clean in half. Mikoto is often seen dragging Miroku's tip along the ground while wielding it, creating showers of sparks in the process. She is also able to summon Miroku when physically separated from the sword. Also In the manga, Miroku is also capable is using an attack that can split the ground.

: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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VegaofTheBlackFlame Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Small correction: In HoTD, Saeko only fights with a regular old bokuto before receiving the Murata-To from Takagi, not a shirasaya.
chioky Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
oh yeah I just noticed that
VegaofTheBlackFlame Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
I only noticed it because I have the entire anime series on my hard drive and one of the minute differences you notice between it and the manga is her bokken: in the original manga, she loses it right before she enters the Takagi mansion while fighting zombies, but because of a little shuffling, her mini-arc with Takashi happens BEFORE they get to the mansion in the anime, so she holds onto it a little longer and ends up trading it in for an offering sword when they hide in a temple (rather than using the Murata-To). That's about the only reason her use of a bokken sticks in my mind.
three-forces Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
do you have your own tsuba designs?
chioky Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
no not really
makasoul13 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
that is cool
chioky Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
yes it is
Ninja-RoninMunks Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
can they be modified to be put on a shinken, mine need's some customising
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
What is a shinken lol?
Ninja-RoninMunks Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
ohh sorry :D, it mean's 'real sword', i have a practical use katana that need's some customisation's, it's on my profile if you wish to take a look just wanted to know if the tsuba you make could be used to make a metal version that would fit the blade's apple seed (the shape from the edge of the blade to the back of it, it's kind of like an apple if you look at it from the tip to the tang)
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