This process was repeated many times, until the final blade consisted of many thin, tightly welded layers of the original metal. When the forging was completed, the sword smith used file and scraping knife to give final shape and finish to the blade and tang.
Life Member -The Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords
The Japanese Sword Museum -Tokyo, Japan
Sunday, April 15, 2012
The Japanese Sword: Weapon and Work of Art
I am heading to Tokyo in about 40 days and one of the things I really would love to see or experiment is the Japanese sword, the one the Samurai uses,.... the one that can cut scarves, leaves and such by just dropping the item on top of the sword...........