Hi! I 3D scanned and printed a genuine samurai sword so that a unique case could be made for it. In the past these blades were carefully packaged up, licensed, and sent to Japan. Now we can scan, print and safely send a duplicate!
Samurai sword restoration and sharpening is a closely guarded and hard to acquire skill. Each sword has its own custom-made scabbard (or sheath) which fastens to the warrior’s belt. In order to manufacture a scabbard which precisely fits its sword we 3D scanned and printed a duplicate that could be safely sent across to Japan. First, the sword was dissembled and the blade was removed from the handle. Underneath we found an engraving from the swordsmith who forged this blade hundreds of years ago.