Lexxorcist wrote:I read somewhere that ABS was prone to eroding away allowing the tang to work loose, but it was probably referring to the stuff used on cheap swords not designed/suitable for use in the first place.
yeah... you'd have to use some very specific plastics. theres plenty of forms of ABS, and cheap stuff, or poorly machined wont do it. but there ARE plastics avalible that would work. and to be honest, most would be stronger than the orginal wood version. but the woods used are strong enough, and much easier to work with, so its a little trade off.
truth be told, a plastic, re-enforced, chemically bonded tsuka would out perform anything else thats feasable. but its too expensive to produce, and serious japanese arts practitioners like their tradition. (to a point)