Hand Trace of blade (OSHIGATA in Japanese)
The paper should be soft and thin.
The ink block is cut into some different shapes. And you choose some of
them to use for different surfaces of the blade. (=> ink block)
The weights settle the paper onto the blade. It is made with lead bullets
filled in a bag.
Never use a magnet, even if it is convenient. It makes blades magnetic.
Tracing the blade with the ink block.
Sketching the hamon and other activities.
Oshigata can bring us an image of the blade without studying it in our
hands. Once it was a good way to study blades. Today we have a good camera
to take pictures of blades. So it is not so important as before, but still
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An oshigata made by the smith himself
An oshigata for display
Chinese ink block for Oshigata
You can get it at the IIMURA sword accessory shop.