The Sword Maker – Korehira Watan, One Of Japan’s Last Remaining Swordsmiths

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As one of Japan’s last remaining swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe has honed his craft for 40 years while attempting to recreate the mythical Koto sword.

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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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It takes about 10 months to make one sword although he works on a couple simultaneously. He attempts about 10 swords, but only succeeds in completing 2 or 3 a year.

VIAThe Documentary Network
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