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Zanpakuto Tsuba Designs: Pt 1 by chioky Zanpakuto Tsuba Designs: Pt 1 by chioky
:star: The Zanpakuto 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: Tensa Zangetsu: Whoever is going to be making a tensa zangetsu and I know alot of you are your gonna need this to make the perfect guard. Make sure the guard is in that position when it slides down the sword. The outer rim is mildly difficult.

:bulletblue: Sode No Shirayuki: Since I sold my Sode No Shirayuki I couldnt get the original guard so I had to redraw it again. However LOTS of people make sode no shirayuki's so your gonna need this. I wouldnt really advise using this guard but the details are all correct.

: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: Tensa Zangetsu and Sode No Shirayuki: [link]
:star: Benihime and Shinso: [link]
:star: Senbonzakura and Kyoko Suigetsu: [link]
:star: Suzumushi and Hyorinmaru: [link]
:star: Pantera and Murciélago: [link]
:star: Gamazu and Shinji Hirako's: [link]
:star: Haineko and Wabisuke: [link]
:star: Hiyori Sarugaki's and Lisa Yadomaru's: [link]
:star: Kazeshini and Tobiume: [link]
:star: Zaraki Kenpachi's and Yachiru Kusajishi's: [link]
:star: Zangetsu and Isshin Kurosaki's : [link]
:star: Suzumebachi and Gegetsuburi: [link]
:star: Itegumo and Zabimaru: [link]
:star: Tiburon and Brujería: [link]
:star: Tenken and Gonryomaru: [link]
:star: Katen Kyokotsu and Sogyo no Kotowari: [link]
:star: Nejibana and Nanao Ise's Tsuba: [link]
:star: Hozukimaru and Fuji Kujaku: [link]
:star: Ashisogi Jizo and Fornicaras: [link]
:star: Ryujin Jakka and Minazuki: [link]
:star: Trepadora and Ira: [link]
:star: Fenix and Mirokumaru: [link]
:star: Ganju Shiba's and Kukaku Shiba's: [link]
:star: Tachikaze and Mashiro Kuna's: [link]
:star: Tengumaru and Kinshara: [link]
:star: Hisagomaru and Tsunzakigarasu: [link]
:star: Nijigasumi and Ashido Kano's: [link]
:star: Daiguren Hyorinmaru and Hyorinmaru: [link]
:star: Raika and Reppu: [link]
:star: Tijereta and Giralda: [link]
:star: Del Toro and Volcanica: [link]
:star: Reina de Rosas and Pinsa Guda: [link]
:star: Arbol and Ultima: [link]
:star: Aguila and Calderon [link]
:star: Mamut and Tigre Estoque [link]
:star: Los Lobos and Lilynette's [link]
:star: Jabalí and Erizo [link]
:star: Gerifalte and Muramasa [link]
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Real-Zerox Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. Those measurements say Millimeters correct?
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Niiii-Link Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The measures(size) of the guard of Tensa Zangetsu look me a little bit small, is it the truth measures (size) to make a reproduction for a cosplay?
If it is not, knows you the truth measures of the guarding?
I want to make it :)
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
yes these are indeed the true measurements
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sargealvein Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
i've been looking for an acurate measurement of Tensa Zangetsu after fullbring. do you have any sugestions on where to find any?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
i have no idea where you can get it
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shadoesong Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Amazing! Thanks for the hard work.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
no problem there
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:iconlolitaphantomhive:
LolitaPhantomhive Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
just what i need! ^-^
thank you for making these!
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
no problem have fun with these
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:iconlolitaphantomhive:
LolitaPhantomhive Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i will! ^-^
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Chibi-Rina Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! When I finish my sode no shirayuki, I will show you!
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I look forward to it
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:iconhermy87:
Hermy87 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! ^^
Sode no Shirayuki's design was really helpful to me!
I did my own sword: [link]
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
and how long is the sword?
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:iconhermy87:
Hermy87 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The blade is 60 cm and the hilt 25.5 cm (Yeah, I know it's shorter than it should be...).
Btw, thanks for the fav :)
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starhuntersrulez Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
this has noyhing to do with you but I think in te anime it's longer(sorry that did have somthing to do with you) and am i the only one who thinks that looks like a natze(don't know how to spell it) sign

But I do like the pic and your other ones read starchasers manga fall 2011
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
good for you sir
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MasterLiLink Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why i cant find Sode no Shirayuki in sceeled form?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
because maybe its not pretty enough
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MasterLiLink Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmmm ok...
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elliugia Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
[link]

sorry, I'm french, so excuse me if my comments do sometimes mean absolutely nothing

they are all great!
but, the zanpakutos of vizards also have names:
Hiyori Sarugaki: kubikiri orochi
Hirako Shinji: sakanade
Muguruma Kensei: tachikaze
Yadomaru lisa: haguro tonbo
Aikawa Love: tengumaru
Ootoribashi Rjr "Rose": kinshara
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
This has LONG since not been updated, I know everything you said, im just oo lazy to change it
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MidnightOokami Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
May I just ask why you wouldn't advice using the sode no shirayuki guard?? Btw I really hope to make my own sword and I'll be using your tutorials. Your effort to help is greatly appreciated. Now if I can just find a way to get the materials cheaply and gather up all those tools needed.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
the guard is suppose to be more oval, but I had difficult drawing it first
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tta5 Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
good job
and here i thought the vertical side bits were a bit longer but i think your version is more right thanks
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
nope it is all about good symmetry
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Celyddon Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for your tsuba guides! You enabled me to make Sode no Shirayuki (though it's out of foamboard, since I don't have access to woodcutting materials) for my cosplay this year. I will also be looking at your tsuka tutorials for the wrapping.
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
I hope you make a nice sword to be proud of
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:icondeviantkid217:
DeviantKid217 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
OK I can make the Katana but how do you attach the Tsuba? do you just slide it down the blade or is it more complicated and how do you make it stay there?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
you just slide it down the blade
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DeviantKid217 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Right so when you slide it down the blade does it stay there? sorry for so many questions i plan on making Tensa Zangetsu in December and the others I plan to make later are
1. Hyorinmaru
2. Sode No Shirayuki
3. Zangetsu ( Shikai Form )
also i'm a huge fan of swordmaking and think that it should be recognized as a art form
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
read my tutorials will you please lol
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DeviantKid217 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
sorry to annoy you, thanx, and i could tell you when I finish either Zangetsu ( Shikai Form ) or Tensa Zangetsu.
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frostbitheart21 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
can i try and make something with all of these?..like idk what yet but can i try?
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
sure you have my full permission just link me the finished thing
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frostbitheart21 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
i'ts probably gonna take me a while!
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Pamianime Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Student Digital Artist
WOW! amazing! this is really useful to know for artist who want to learn how to draw ichigo and rukia's swords :lol:
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
or any other bleach sword for the matter
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:iconkiotte:
Kiotte Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
OMG OMG !!!!!!
AWESOME !!!
U really made all of that ?!
Coolness~
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Indeed I did make all of that, and it is very cool 8D
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21roxas12 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
ah the tensa zangetsu i love i goona try it my self thx for the blue prints well it not blue.... but still thx
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
and I hope you do a fantastic job on this ^^
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21roxas12 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
ty u il sall try my best u dont mind do u ?
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clarish Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow these designs are super helpful when it comes to drawing them :D thanks!
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Of course it is why they were made to help mankind XD
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SlinkFusion Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have decided to make Tensa Zangetsu, so this gaurd will be perfect :D

Any pointers or tips you could give me about making the sword? I read in one of your other comments that there are 30 steps to making Tensa Zangetsu o-o
I don't suppose you could tell me what they are? ^_^;
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:iconchioky:
chioky Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
instead of telling you where they are, have you tried looking for the tutorial that has "how to make a tensa zangetsu" XD

This time look for a thumbnail with muitiple images
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SlinkFusion Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...

Urk. My bad. It's just I'd been sifting through your gallery and hadn't noticed it at all. My bad xD
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chioky Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Lol just stick to looking at my encyclopedia of swordmaking news topic in my users news topic section below my webcam lol
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