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Sakabato - Rurouni Kenshin by Solvash Sakabato - Rurouni Kenshin by Solvash
This is the Sakabato, or reverse-edge sword, from the anime/manga series Rurouni Kenshin. It's probably one of the most iconic swords of anime and manga.

I made it as a commission for a friend for his Himura Kenshin cosplay for A-Kon this year. It's made entirely out of various thicknesses of aspen wood. There is also some gold/orange cord for the sageo knot on the sheath; black bias tape for the tsukamaki, handle-wrapping, on the hilt; and some textured paper on the hilt as well. This prop is also able to be fully disassembled, although I didn't give it any seppa. The seppa kind of ruined the sakabato image.

This was also the first time I made a sheath for a full length katana and I am quite proud of it. Although the sageo I put on it I made up completely as I couldn't find any references on how to tie the version in the anime and I wasn't able to figure it out on my own. =/

Anyway, enjoy~
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maulex5566 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
wowww T_T *bows down. would u do another commission? kekek
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Shlylea Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
mah favorite kind of swords (cause of Kenshin) <3
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Jack101yo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Can i by any chance get the dimensions of the sword :p
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Solvash Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, of course! What exactly would you like to know? <:
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Jack101yo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Umm the blade length, the handle length, the blade width, and the handle width if possible :)
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Solvash Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Blade Length: 39 inches with Habaki. (The habaki is the bronze piece on the bottom part of the blade.)
Handle Length: 10 or so inches, the pommel cap added a little.
Blade Width: It actually tapers from 1 1/8 inches from the bottom to 1 inch at the top.
Handle Width: 1 1/2 inches
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Jack101yo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Thanks in advanced
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Jack101yo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Umm sorry could i also have the dimensions of the tsuba?
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Solvash Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you want the message to show up in their inbox you need to reply to the person, not yourself. Hahahaha... Luckily I came to this page to make sure.
And the tsuba had a diameter of 3.5 inches and was 1/4 inch thick.
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Jack101yo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
lol, kk thanks ;P
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FabiojapaxD Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's one of the best looking wooden blade I've ever seen, how did you paint it?
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Solvash Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! And it was pretty simple. Just a coat of primer, a coat of aluminum spray-paint, and then, with the wave pattern taped off, a coat of silver spray-paint. With a glossy topcoat to finish it off. The most difficult part and most important I think is to make sure the wood and the primer are sanded smooth.
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FabiojapaxD Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I really wanted to know, as I'll be doing a Master Sword for display!
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Anniina85 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
wow, that's one gorgeous sword ;-;
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Solvash Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! It's one of the ones I'm more proud of. Hahaha...
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twiligthvampire89 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Looks amazing
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fixinman Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Here is how you tie a sageo knot. [link]
And here is a video. [link]
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Solvash Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was going to do this kind of knot! But when I looked at my reference photos of the sword from the anime it was actually really different. TT - TT
So I had to make up something similar.
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fixinman Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There actually are several styles of knots, many samurai had a preferred one. This is the most common one used.
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captain0marauding Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Splendid work. :D I'm absolutely amazed!!
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Solvash Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! =D I truly appreciate the compliment and the favorite.
Although it isn't perfect. I goofed a bit on the tsukamaki and wasn't able to fix it before handing it over. ^^;
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captain0marauding Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
xD I see no goof! Perfect piece, man. xDD I also love the scabbard!!
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YukiSasukeHitsugaya Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you didn't say anything in the description, I would've assumed that the blade was metal! :O It looks THAT legit...
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Solvash Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! ^^
I try. XP
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RoseGroheimer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Damn thats pretty cool :D
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Solvash Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliment, man. =)
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RoseGroheimer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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