12.01.11

Looking for that real-life Masamune? One of Japan's last remaining swordsmiths is on his own quest.

Over at Etsy’s blog, there’s a fascinating clip of a fascinating craftsman. How many countless hours have we all spent in our favorite RPGs hunting for mythical loot?:

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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