Etsy Handmade Portraits: The Sword Maker

As part of their Handmade Portraits series, Etsy have released this video on a Japanese swordsmith named Korehira Watanabe. Watanabe has been working on recreating a mythical sword called the Koto, which dates back to 794-1333 AD.

I'm fascinated by the meticulous process that Watanabe and his in-training disciple go through to craft one of these swords. It's a shame that there aren't many Japanese swordsmiths left, and that this art form may be lost to us in the near future.

via Staple Design

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