After 8+ years, finally starting in on Budd's sword!

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jblakey

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So, after a number of years of hunting down parts and FINALLY getting a set of the handle fittings (fuchi/kashira), I can finally start on Budd's sword from Kill Bill! It didn't get a lot of screen time, but I guess I needed to make all the Hanzo katana:) ProTip - if you watch closely in Volume 2, there's a scene where the Bride shows up at Bill's door wearing Budd's sword when she should be wearing her own:)

I picked up a used Budd replica off eBay years ago - the engraving on the blade is strangely accurate to the film. And I've had the skull menuki and seppa for years now, just waiting for the missing bits to show up. The tsuba is 3D printed (if anyone wants one, I shared the design here: Kill Bill Bride's Hanzo Katana Tsuba by jblakey).

I finally found the Fuchi/Kashira recently at swordstore.com (Your Sensei reccommends Swordstore iaito. Our great reputation for quality in service can be found in dojo all over the world. We've been on the web longer than any other company. Custom Design Your Japanese Sword) - I'll need to strip them and nickel-plate them, but that should be no sweat.

Thanks,
jason
 

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jblakey

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Polished up the fittings, and I’m thinking of sticking with this finish. Maybe some silver rub and buff, but I’m liking this look.

cleaning that black paint off the fittings was no fun. Acetone didn’t work, paint remover didn’t work much, Mothers Mag and Aluminium polish worked the best.
 

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jblakey

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Had a chance on a beautiful spring day last weekend to sit outside for an hour or so and get the fittings on the tsuka. It's always surprising how chunky the Chinese-made tsuka are when I try to put Japanese-made fittings on them. Lots of wood needs to be removed to get them on. Just go slowly, and don't take much off between fit tries. You don't want to have to put wood back on!

Tried a test fit on the blade - turns out I'll have to add about a 1 - 1.5mm spacer to the end of the tsuka that goes in the fuchi to get the pre-drilled holes to line up correctly. You don't want a 'rattle-y' katana when everything is stacked and pinned. Different fittings have difference thicknesses to the floor of the fuchi, and this always needs adjustment to get things right. I used to make spacers from wood - now that I have a nice 3D printer, I can just say "give me a 1.5mm thick bit of plastic", and I get one!:)

Next up, more wood removal, gotta get those sweet, sweet lines right:)

Thanks,
jason
 

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joberg

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Had a chance on a beautiful spring day last weekend to sit outside for an hour or so and get the fittings on the tsuka. It's always surprising how chunky the Chinese-made tsuka are when I try to put Japanese-made fittings on them. Lots of wood needs to be removed to get them on. Just go slowly, and don't take much off between fit tries. You don't want to have to put wood back on!

Tried a test fit on the blade - turns out I'll have to add about a 1 - 1.5mm spacer to the end of the tsuka that goes in the fuchi to get the pre-drilled holes to line up correctly. You don't want a 'rattle-y' katana when everything is stacked and pinned. Different fittings have difference thicknesses to the floor of the fuchi, and this always needs adjustment to get things right. I used to make spacers from wood - now that I have a nice 3D printer, I can just say "give me a 1.5mm thick bit of plastic", and I get one!:)

Next up, more wood removal, gotta get those sweet, sweet lines right:)

Thanks,
jason
Well, 19C in Ottawa will permit you to work outside for sure...looking good so far and eager to see your next update!
 

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