Korehira Watanabe is one of the last remaining Japanese swordsmiths. He has spent 40 years honing his craft in an attempt to recreate Koto, a type of sword that dates back to the Heian and Kamakura periods (794-1333 AD). No documents remain to provide context for Watanabe’s quest, but he believes he has come close to creating a replica of this mythical samurai sword.

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  • mexoplex

    i want one.

  • mike

    You’ll have to sell your first born to afford it. Scratch that. Your first born and your soul, and it will not be enough.

  • AC

    For someone who began learning Japanese over 2 decades ago, in large part due to study of Japanese swords at a scholarly level when I was in my teens, and later lived in Japan, this was really really cool to see! I understood him in Japanese, and am still excited to see there are people using the old methods. I used to live near him up in Hokkaido too!

  • http://sciencehellyeah.wordpress.com sciencehellyeah

    Beautiful.

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