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Samurai Sword - The Making Of A Legend [DVD]
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A celebration of the Japanese Samurai sword. Rooted in spirituality, social structure and folklore, the chief weapon of the Japanese warrior class was also a tool of technological perfection that has seen few rivals. This documentary recalls a period of history when warriors relied solely on their wits, their blade and their honour.
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Many hold the Nihonto as the epitome of cutting instruments but empirically it isn't. It is, on the other hand, a piece of art and perhaps that's what makes the Japanese sword so compelling
It does focus mainly on the blade itself, from the smelting to the initial forging and onto the final polishing. It's a fascinating process and ones that also demonstrates the immense dedication and reverence that goes into making these swords. I would think that the sword featured in much of the film is one that would be highly sought after and very expensive. I'm sure that not every samurai would have possessed such a fine weapon and of course, many made these days are simple immitations made for aesthetic appeal.
The science behind the forging process is fascinating, as is the artistry and workmanship demonstrated - it almost easy to forget that the item being made is indeed a highly dangerous weapon!
The film also discusses the deep relationship between the sword and the samurai, which is also a feature that seems to be found only in samurai culture - more than simply a tool of the trade, this weapon was an extension of the warriors soul.
We are also treated to a number of demonstrations of training and also use of the sword in cutting practise. The comparison between the 'samurai sword' and a european broadsword was only ever going to have one outcome - else I doubt it would have been included in the film - however whilst some may argue that no superior cutting performance was demonstrated for the japanese sword, I must disagree.Read more ›
Personally I could not care less for the sword test and anything which has to do with other swords than the Katana, and this to me is the only bad thing about this DVD. I can therefor not give it five stars, so in my heart, even though it is a good documentary, I can only give it three stars.
Still I find it worth owning, unless you have read many books on the Katana, mainly because you get to see a process which is not easy to come by in Japan today.
This touched on every stage pretty well although I would have liked even more 'how to' detail.
And even more detail on various types.
............... But then, I'm an enthusiast.
Still said, at under 10 quid if you're interested in the area its worth the price.
Some interesting general material and comparison tests from Leeds Armoury too.
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An excellent DVD which shows the traditional method of making the finest sword ever.Published 21 months ago by G E FERRIS
great DVD and good insight in to the Samurai Very Very GOOD the best got others as well well worth moneyPublished on 23 July 2013 by DAVID RICHARDSON