the secret world of the japanese swordsmith

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  • Published on:  Thursday, October 16, 2014
  • Documentary from 1997
    ©1997 Troivision Co., Ltd/Warabe No Mori Co., Ltd. kobayashi dldg, 4-7 Yotsuya Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Japan

    The Japanese sword is the soul of the Samurai. The crafting of this work of art - which embodies beauty, strength and tradition - has been shrouded in secrecy for more than thousand years.
    Because of the highly advanced techniques and numerous years of dedicated effort required in crafting Japanese swords, the skill has always been a closely kept and jealously guarded secret.
    Yohindo Yoshihara is a consummate Japanese swordsmith and a very high regarded Mukansa craftman in Japan. He is also the best-known Japanes swordsmith outside of Japan.
    His masterpieces have been purchased for exhibit by the Metropolitan Museum of art in New York City and the Museum of fine Arts in Boston. He has numerous fans worldwide, including His Royal highness, king Gustav of Sweden.
    This video has been produced to appeal to all aficionados of Japanese sword around the world and is a treasure trove of sercrets to Yohindo Yoshihara's truly outstanding Japanese sword craftsmanship.
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  • The One

    The One

     4 hours ago

    1:30 one little accident there could cause an arm

  • M G

    M G

     16 hours ago

    The Japanese are absolutely admirable in their crafts and disciplines and respect for life and beauty.

  • Kevin Len

    Kevin Len

     21 hours ago

    beating the oof out of the katana

  • Ssuss Yam

    Ssuss Yam


    Wonderful documentary on a wonderful craftsmanship and heritage. It should of course be preserved for perpetuity. The only sad thing is that today a cheap handgun makes such a fine old technology and tool (samurai sword) obsolete - under the aspect of practicality!

  • Raymond Rivera

    Raymond Rivera

     yesterday +2

    Stunning. This video has sparked a fire in me. I must have one of these beautifully crafted works of art.

  • Jerry Yarbrough

    Jerry Yarbrough


    Wish I could afford to go to Japan and have one made for myself. Watching the swordsmith work the bellows is like watching him breath life into the metal. The way they are made seems to elevate it to much more than just a piece of steel. The sword made in this fashion is more like a living being containing part of the swordsmith's essence.

  • ushoys



    Fastidiously fashioned specifically to cut a human being in two with a single swipe.

  • Rob Hall

    Rob Hall


    ...and in the United States, we purchase disposable kitchen knives at Walmart stamped out on a production line from China.

  • Ken Elliott

    Ken Elliott


    the hart of the steel

  • Ken Elliott

    Ken Elliott


    wow so deadly so beautiful

  • Ecthelion


     yesterday +1

    Adds burnt rice-straw ashes for protection against heat -> Proceeds to rinse off all rice-straw ashes with muddy water ?????????????

  • Vlademir Benevides

    Vlademir Benevides

     3 days ago

    Isso é para quando perdermos a paciência fazendo algo!

  • Patrick Lutz

    Patrick Lutz

     3 days ago

    Really disliked the anti firearm ad.

  • koy loii

    koy loii

     3 days ago +1

    He must have bang that sword a million time

  • Mike


     4 days ago

    You can get a sword like this from budk. Easy.

  • George Koroneos

    George Koroneos

     4 days ago

    Japanese glory days of sword Smith evolution that keep continuing with tradition of great details blend for over a 1000 years authentic strong sharp beautiful unbroken invulnerable steel of eternity many wish to own but only few are lucky enough to have this unique opportunity of a life time .

  • Ryan Gann

    Ryan Gann

     4 days ago

    Bladesmith.. shut down your tools - this round is OVER!

  • Sgt FUBAR's Gaming

    Sgt FUBAR's Gaming

     4 days ago +3

    The hilt is also important and it's my understanding somebody different makes the hilt as well as the sheath. I suppose that's another documentary. The unsung heroes of samurai sword making.

  • Andrew Ellisor

    Andrew Ellisor

     4 days ago

    How long does this take?

  • Randpage


     4 days ago +1

    The word is "lose" as in "losing", there is no such thing as "looses" and "loosing".