Re: [SCA-JML] Kumihimo cords and possible alternatives...?
- Joshua Badgley wrote:
> On Wed, 21 Jun 2000, Anthony J. Bryant wrote:It is similar, but these are FAR stiffer and more butch than armour lacing cords.
> > No, definitely not.
> > Kumihimo. Looks similar to shoelaces, only on steroids.
> Hmmm, thought that was the general description I would have given the bogu
> cords as well. Then again, they are the wrong material, that's for sure
> (cotton, I think, but I would have to look again).
If the armour lacing (shoelaces on steroids) is George Foreman, the bogu cords
(shoelaces with steroids on steroids) would be Andre the Giant.
> Gack! Okay, now my wallet is protesting this project against my will. IsCotton is doable; but it doesn't stand up to combat very well.
> there a good compromise you would propose until I become rich and
> famous? (or at least rich)
>The problem with parachute cord is that, gutted and flattened, it's 1/4" wide.
> If I go with another cord (parachute cord?) how thick am I looking at and
> how big, in general, should the holes be to weave it through?
You really want a minimum of 3/8" (it really *does* make a diff!) and maybe even
1/2". The holes should be the smallest they can be that will still allow the
braid through, so it's a matter of "what is your lacing material and how
wide/thick/stiff is it?". With 1/4" parachute cord, 1/8" holes work.
> > Well, I can order it through Izutsu-san (the owner of that co.) but *he*What, ordering through Izutsu-san? I don't know, I didn't ask for a price quote.
> > said it would be really expensive. My own teacher decided to do his own
> > kumihimo, since no one could supply exactly what he wanted the way he wanted
> > it.
> How much does that cost? Is it any cheaper?
But he whistled and shook his head when I told him "I'd need at least 120 meters
for one suit." (Or are you asking about braiding your own?)
> Also, is it something I canWell, it is, but it takes a little time to learn and a pile of supplies (mostly
> do while sitting around watching tv type of thing (a project I can bring
> to my Barony's solars and our Ivory Thimble Tea), or is it more complex
> than that?
lots of weighted bobbins and a peculiar loom that looks like nothing so much as a
foot-tall barstool with a hole in the center of the seat). Kumihimo -- especially
enough to make a suit of armour -- will take time. Lots. More than making a
hauberk of mail would.