Posted by Chris Scoggin for Ronin Katana on October 15, 2015
In part four of the "how samurai swords for sale on ebay get made" series, I am going to focus on saya making. I know the owners of several of the factories making saya, and took pictures in a few different ones. Factory is a pretty lose term, as these places have 3-4 employees. As was shown in part one, the dealers will actually wrap the saya themselves.
First up is a look at some of the Ronin dojo pro saya getting made. The brown horn is already attached, and they are about to be taped up, and have the lacquer applied.
The chemicals used to prime and coat saya.
Saya layed out and ready to be sprayed
Spraying the saya with laquer.
Saya hung up to dry.
Cheaper saya with primer.
Common ebay saya.