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TACHI by axlsalles TACHI by axlsalles
TACHI
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With a few exceptions katana and tachi can be distinguished from each other if signed, by the location of the signature (mei) on the tang (nakago). In general the mei should be carved into the side of the nakago that would face outward when the sword was worn. Since a tachi was worn cutting edge down, and the katana was worn cutting edge up the mei would be in opposite locations on the nakago of both types of swords.
An authentic tachi that was manufactured in the correct time period averaged 70–80 centimeters in cutting edge length (nagasa) and compared to a katana was generally lighter in weight in proportion to its length, had a greater taper from hilt to point, was more curved with a smaller point area.
Unlike the traditional manner of wearing the katana, the tachi was worn hung from the belt with the cutting-edge down, and was usually used by cavalry. Deviations from the average length of tachi have the prefixes ko- for "short" and ō- for "great or large" attached. For instance, tachi that were shōtō and closer in size to a wakizashi were called kodachi. The longest tachi (considered a 15th century ōdachi) in existence is more than 3.7 meters in total length (2.2m blade) but believed to be ceremonial. In the late 1500s and early 1600s many old surviving tachi blades were converted into katana by having their original tangs cut (o-suriage), the signature (mei) would be lost in this process.

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Autobiotic Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist
That  looks like a photo, I'm amazed. 
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks!
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Ederlopespereira Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
sem palavras muito bom abraços
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axlsalles Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Opa! Obrigado! :D
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Ch3sha Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Gorgeous.
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axlsalles Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist
This is really beautiful!
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hi Thank you! :D
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NuzzleCat Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
The story about tachi blade conversation was a little bit sad- are there any left at all?
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Tea-Rex Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
 
Where the hell have you been hiding!?

       :-)

Really enjoyable craft, Alexandre.

Terry
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks again! :)
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FallenAries Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I cant think of words to discribe this picture ... well except for :icondancinggirplz: but that be dancing :iconilikeitplz:
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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herculanonovaes Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
belíssimo!
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Opa! Obrigado! :D
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SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous! I really love the light bloom by her arm.
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hi! :D Thank you! :D
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SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome :)
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waynecampbell-art Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
As always, excellent work!
I had seen this in your gallery before but this time I noticed how well you depicted the sheer material. After attempting it myself, this caught my eye anew and I just wished to say, Bravo!
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh! Hi! :D Thank you! :D :D :D
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SidMaster Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic lighting!
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Alexsandra-G Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfeito , parabéns pelo excelente trabalho :D
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Olá! :D Obrigado! :D
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Alexsandra-G Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
De nada :D
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SilviodB Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Não me canso de admirar teu trabalho!! Impressionante! Que luz bonita cara!
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Olá! Obrigado! Na verdade, a foto que utilizei para pintar esta ilustra, estava exatamente com esta iluminação, mas com cores frias! Obrigado novamente! :D
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SilviodB Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ficou sensacional. Parabéns novamente!:D
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supermarioART Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So amazing!Great!;-)
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hi! Thanks! :D
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supermarioART Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always a great pleasure mate!;-)
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Surimy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
This light... and this ass :3 She's beautiful :)
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D :D :D Thank you! :D :D :D
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Tzi13 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
wow
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D :D :D
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AlbyU Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Oh my god! It's just amazing
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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CaptainRenegade Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Good work.
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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CaptainRenegade Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
I think.
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Welington-Guimaraes Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Muito irado, ficou muito bom. =D
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Opa! Obrigado! :D
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LeofromBr Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazingly beautiful!
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Opa! :D Obrigado! :D
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sharper-tool Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
you have some serious talent
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axlsalles Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ha ha! Thank you!
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Errazzaria Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
a veryy nice picture
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axlsalles Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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CBSlaughter Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Besides all the sword talk...This is exceptional work....!!! I still cant believe it isn't real..!!
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axlsalles Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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