Posted: Thu 17 Dec, 2009 4:41 am Post subject: Rayskin Wraps
Does anyone have any experience with using rayskin for Western style grips? All of the rayskin that I have inspected seemed to have a very stiff texture. Can it be molded the way rawhide can be shaped?
I haven't used rayskin myself, but there is a 3 part series on making japanese sword handles on youtube that mentions it. Here's the series (the second one is really useless specifics-wise, but it mentions soaking the skin in plain water. The third video is a little more informative):
Yes rayskin does become nice and pliable when soaked. I have used it on a couple of japanese swords and 1 1822 British Infantry sword hilt. Simple soak in warn water for 5 minutes, pat dry and wrap around the hilt. Trim up the butt joint. Use a wrapping of string to hold it while it dries. Getting the butt joint right can be tricky but you can peel off the skin re-soak and apply to make further adjustments. When I feel eveything is right I apply a thin smear of wood glut to the hilt before finally applying the damp skin and securing with string again to dry.The journey not the destination
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