Lion – Hideo Komatsu. Folded from a square of paper (some kind of golden- marbled craft, 37x37cm, about 80gsm). Diagrams: Works of Hideo Komatsu. Done. Does someone here know where to find folding diagrams for Hideo Komatsu’s lion? I got the CP already from his website, but I’m womdering if. We found the right candidate in our home country, in Israel. Eyal Reuveni folded Hideo Komatsu’s lion from all 10 paper types we have thus far reviewed.

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He has folded numerous complex models, often several copies – be it from diagrams or CP. Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

The texture of this particular paper is wonderful, and the paper enabled me to shape it perfectly, without using wet folding, MC or any other treatment. Madagascar animals folded by Oion Reuveni.

Today he lives in Shoham, Israel, in a house packed with thousands of models. I really like folding with this paper.

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Usually, I use this kokatsu thin kraft paper mainly for complex insects, and not for animals. This paper has a wonderful texture, but it is not an easy task to fold and shape it. Liom contrast to our opinion, Onion Skin Paper scored low with Eyal. A crease pattern for the lion is available on Hideo Komatsu’s site: For many years he folded animals and insects from Montroll and Lang books.


The edges might rip if not folded very carefully.

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Eyal got highly devoted to the task of reviewing the papers we had already rated, and finished all lions in less than a week. The folder was free to choose which model he’d review the papers with. But we – Ilan and Gadi – are only two folders, so our reviews summarize only our point of view. Still, it is necessary to be very careful, since it might rip in the edges. Although he did create a few models, he prefers to focus on folding other people’s models, the more complex – the better.

Like Tant, it was necessary to unfold the paper partially to go through the rough stages of forming the inside layers of the back legs and creating the mane. The finished lion looks and feel like a statue, and the shiny texture enhance the details.

He could also pick a suitable paper size for each paper type, and paint and treat it as he thought fit. Luckily, we did not have to look far. This paper is better for color change models than for one color models.

I worked slowly, so I managed to fold it perfectly. Eyal started to fold at the tender age of ten, discovering origami with Robert Harbin’s books. It was very challenging to fold the lion with Japanese Foil, since it wears down easily, and it is very difficult to reverse the creases.

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I think it is best for folding insects and super complex models, and not for animals such as this lion. Shaping the lion was easy and the final model looks very nice although a brown color would be more suitable. Since this komatsi brand is so thin, I used a smaller square, which resulted with a well standing lion, without the legs spreading aside.

Let us introduce Eyal Reuveni, an Israeli folder. A short glimpse into his flickr collections will immediately show you why we chose him. I used the copper – light brown paper, highly suitable for the lion. It was very easy to shape the lion from this paper since it holds the shape very well. There is no final verdict here.

Lion by Hideo Komatsu

I used water-based varnish to enhance the texture and to strengthen the paper a bit, hidel it was still no easy task. Folding such a complex model was no easy task: So we decided to approach a great folder, one of the best, and ask for his opinion on each of the papers hieeo reviewed so far. Despite the thickness of this paper, it is the best paper for the lion, as well as most of Komatsu’s models in general.