From raw steel to tempered blade, this text presents a visual account of the ancient craft of swordmaking as practiced in modern Japan.
Well over a thousand years old, the tradition of swordmaking in Japan is one of the most highly regarded metal crafts in the world.
When all sword manufacture was prohibited in Japan for seven years after World War II, the age-old techniques were in danger of being lost forever.
Today, in the hands of a new generation of practitioners, the craft is making a startling comeback.
Connoisseurs say that the swords being produced