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Date: 11/20/11 12:20 PM

18 Responses to The Sword Maker: A Dying Art

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    November 20, 2011 at 11:59 am
    Link: The Sword Maker: A Dying Art - One of Japan`s last remaining swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe attempts to recreate the mythical Koto sword.
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    RecycleElf Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    that`s kinda neat
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    thelonious Male 40-49
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    November 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    He`s just a wannabe
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    heavypred Male 30-39
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    November 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    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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    YIELD_TO_ME Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm
    There was nothing really there about sword making.
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    GRadde Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm
    Oooooh, I want one. Of the swords, I mean.
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    PhotoKing Male 30-39
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    November 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    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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    ctobin34 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm
    that`s no Hanzo steel.
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    puppies04 Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm
    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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    Smittins Male 13-17
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    November 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm
    more of this please :)
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    November 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm
    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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    thelonious Male 40-49
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    November 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm
    @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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    mykunter Male 40-49
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    November 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm
    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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    I-IS-BORED Male 18-29
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    November 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm
    @PhotoKing
    if you wanted it to be sharp/usable you would be better off with a modern machined sword
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    Ordovicia Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2011 at 12:42 am
    Awesome.
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    Victory7 Male 18-29
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    November 21, 2011 at 9:27 am
    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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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    November 21, 2011 at 11:23 am
    @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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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    November 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm
    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.

    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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