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.
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.