The Art of the Sword Maker

I grew up listening to my father play beautiful music on classical guitars crafted by Spanish hands with decades of experience, passed down from each generation of luthiers.  Until now, I haven't discovered a craft and tradition as obsessed with perfection.

It's clear I've become obsessed with a topic when the pile of books and prints on my desk grows to a certain point. The recent topic is Japanese swords. 

I've been diving deep into stories, mythology and history related to Japanese sword making. And I came across this short video on Japanese swordsmith Korehira Watanabe (渡辺 惟平). It's brilliant.  Read about the maker of this short film, Takeshi Fukunaga, here.

Did you know swords like these are so sharp that a highly skilled owner could cut an arrow, at speed, in half?