So having finished watching Hiroyuki Danno’s Let’s make shoto video
How to make shoto video, I decided I would get busy and make my own daito.
With daito, you can purchase size 37 shinai for kids or purchase special 37 shinai for nito. I decided to convert one of my dobari 39 shinai to size 37.
A disassembled size 39 shinai:
Preparing the shinai to be cut:
Sanding the ends:
Checking the length of the shinai:
Finished (store bought daito on left/converted daito on right):
Some things I learned:
You have to cut the length shorter since the regulation length includes the sakigawa.
When shortening the tsuka, it’s easier to push the end inside out first BEFORE cutting it. See Paul Shin’s video on how to shorten tsuka.
I’ve been wanting to replace my kote himo ever since the lace attached to the inside of the kote started fraying. The laces finally came undone, so the immediacy of lace replacement was evident. Continue reading →
i’ve been wanting to change the leather loops (chichigawa) on my Do since my first exam last year when i almost had a wardrobe malfunction. luckily it was at the end of the test before one of the loops came loose.
i put it off because it seemed to be such a chore, but after doing it once, it’s really not so bad.
Loosen the Do himo
Remove Do himo
Loosen ends of Do chichigawa, you might need a pair of needle nose pliers
Remove Do chichigawa
Do without chichigawa
Old and new chichigawa
Make a loop (fold chichigawa in half)
Slip chichigawa into hole
View from other side of Do
Flatten ends of chichigawa, suede (rough) side out
Begin folding ends
One end over the other, smooth side out
Overlapping each end
Until it looks like a pinwheel
Tighten each end one by one, you may need pliers
Snip ends, but not too short
note: the ends of the loop are held in by tension. it is important that you tighten each of the four ends separately and that you leave enough of the ends after trimming so that they do not slip out of the knot.
i got my replacement chichigawa at ebogu.com which comes with tapered/precut ends.