The Sword Maker: A Dying Art

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 5 years ago in

One of Japan"s last remaining swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe attempts to recreate the mythical Koto sword.
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Male 12,365
[quote]I`m sure he`s aware of that. In the video, he addresses the fact that others who practice his craft are "responding to modern times" and not carrying on traditions in sword making.[/quote]

Maybe they are in Japan, but there are traditional swordsmiths elsewhere. There are some who use presses, machine hammers or even just machine a blade from a bar, but there are others who do it old school style; forge, hammer and anvil. I`ve even seen people using authentic replicas of Anglo-Saxon smithies, with nothing in the building that wouldn`t have been in one ~1000-1500 years ago.
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Male 2,868
@Victory7 - I`m sure he`s aware of that. In the video, he addresses the fact that others who practice his craft are "responding to modern times" and not carrying on traditions in sword making.
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Male 362
Little does he know, there are on ever-increasing number of quality Western and Eastern swordsmiths popping up in Europe and America every week. If anything the art is being rejuvenated throughout the world.
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Male 14
Awesome.
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Male 2,419
@PhotoKing
if you wanted it to be sharp/usable you would be better off with a modern machined sword
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Male 2,436
There was a fascinating episode of NOVA called Secrets of the Samurai Sword...

If you liked this post, I highly recommend watching.
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Male 3,310
@heavypred
While I appreciate your spirit and gumption, I`d much rather stick with my mossberg shotgun. I guarantee you they will all be head shots.
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Male 12,365
They`re not sold for use, PhotoKing. They`re sold for tradition. They have a cultural value in some places.

I`m sure he charges a lot. A top-end sword is days of work by someone who spent years training in a rare skill, and that`s expensive. Swords have always been very expensive except for when and where mass production of mediocre quality swords was possible. I doubt if you`d get much change from $5000 for a large sword from a master swordsmith.
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Male 41
more of this please :)
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Male 686
Keep your swords heavypred, because if i miss with my bullet I can fire another one. If you miss with your sword you are getting eaten bwhah ha ha ha
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Male 66
that`s no Hanzo steel.
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Male 526
i didn`t think that many people still used swords. i suppose they use them in ceremony, but how battle sharp do they really need to be? he either charges much, or he does something else with them.
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Male 2,552
Oooooh, I want one. Of the swords, I mean.
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Male 218
There was nothing really there about sword making.
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Male 249
He`s gonna be a millionaire when zombie apocalypse comes down. It`s not easy to make a headshot with every round, but katana, well, that`s another thing xD
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Male 3,310
He`s just a wannabe
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Male 3,619
that`s kinda neat
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Female 8,043
Link: The Sword Maker: A Dying Art [Rate Link] - One of Japan`s last remaining swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe attempts to recreate the mythical Koto sword.
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