Habaki Replacement and Tsuba Repair by Tomboyama Alumnus

A critical failure

An esteemed alumnus of Tomboyama, Jeff Adachi, recently performed an emergency repair for a fellow iaido classmate. The owner noticed a rattle and it turned out the habaki had almost completely split. Somewhat surprisingly, the failure to occurred down the mune side rather than at the solder seam. It was probably the worst condition habaki Jeff had ever seen.

Taking the lessons learned from the Dojo’s Habaki Course and Jeff’s diligent practice, he made a replacement copper habaki, ensuring the performance and safety of the iaito.

Copper plugs, sekigane, were also added to ensure a better fit of the tsuba.

The photos of the project in progress and completed can be seen here and have been added to our Alumni Project Photo Gallery.

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