The ito (wrapping) normally forms a knot on one side of the tsuka (handle), and then goes over or through the kashira forming the final knot. This process is called maki-dome. Although the knot may appear to be the same, their are several different techniques that can be used for the final result. The choice is personnel to the artisan while trying to achieve perfection in completing the katana. Tying the makidome while completing the sword can effect the direct value of the katana as the Tsukamaki is one of the works of art found on the Japanese sword.
These are some photo's of several different Makidome found on the Japanese katana that we offer.
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