Notice Regarding Ray Skin Handles and Scabbards

On November 8, 2016 the voters of Oregon passed Measure 100, which bans the sale and purchase of elephant ivory and other animal parts. Listed with these animals are sting rays, the skin of which is called same or same-kawa in Japanese.

This material has been used for wrapping handles and covering scabbards for over 1000 years in Japan, as well as elsewhere. Like rawhide, it is strong and visually appealing, and provides a non-slip hand hold.

In order to comply with this new law we regret that as of June 30, 2017 we will no longer offer handles or other parts incorporating ray skin.

We are currently investigating and experimenting with other materials that will provide the strength and beauty of ray skin.

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One Response to Notice Regarding Ray Skin Handles and Scabbards

  1. Mitch Green says:

    First, I would like to say, that your work is inspiring, and I’ve continually returned to your site, just to admire and study some of the pictures.

    Secondly, I was surprised to hear about this news (the Measure 100 passing) and wondered if you have found anything that is suitable for ray skin replacement. I know you work in a traditional manner, and would be interested in any conclusions you have come to for tsuka and the wrapping.

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