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 Post subject: Great documentary
PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:57 pm 

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Found this great film about J-knives' older cousin.
Really interesting, at least to me. For those who have an hour to relax in front of the screen this weekend ;)
44:30 is just amazing to watch!

Have a nice weekend!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoL58mS ... emMKZgq_1Q


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 Post subject: Re: Great documentary
PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:41 pm 
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It's an incredible skill set. Some of the swords almost look transparent at certain angles, relative to the Hamon. Kamakura is considered to be the best era for sword making. Some of them are incredibly beautiful from this Kamakura era, when Masamune was alive and working. I'm thinking Kamakura swords could command several millions of dollars. They are imbued with white and black magic. :)

Kamakura Era (1184-1333)

After defeating the Taira clan at Dan-No-Ura, Minamoto no Yorimoto moved his shogunate to Kamakura. Emperor Gotoba, the formal ruler, remained in Kyoto. This also marked the beginning of the rule of the Samurai class. Kamakura became the cultural capitol, and swordsmiths from all over the country gathered there. These are the days of Masamune and his Jittetsu (ten disciples). Today it is generally agreed that the best blades were made in this period and, for quality and beauty, still remain at the top.

Osafune Mitsutada (Kamakura, 13th C) - Katana. Signature inlaid with gold.
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 Post subject: Re: Great documentary
PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:40 pm 
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They had some fantastic swords on display in the Tokyo National Museum. Some of them had little cards that said "National Treasure No Photos" on them in English. :)

The other cool piece of metal work they had in the same area was hand held mirrors made of polished steel.



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:43 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Great documentary
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:53 am 
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I can understand, no photos. :) It's a treasure. Definitely want to see the museum some day. It's one of the things that are on my bucket list. Very nice mirrors too!



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