Japanese sword-making is a tradition that goes back centuries, and one that’s carried on to this day. Each sword takes dedication, skill and can take over 18 months to create. The resulting blades can be worth thousands of dollars. So what makes them so expensive?

Becoming a swordsmith in Japan takes a 5-year apprenticeship, and there are only around 180 working smiths today. Master Akihira has been making these swords for 21 years at his studio just outside of Tokyo, Japan.

Japanese swords have always been more than just weapons, they were artworks, status symbols, and throughout history had a huge spiritual importance. 

Each sword is a unique artwork and one that is made to be admired as you would a painting. As sheets of steel are folded into each other again and again wood grain-like patterns form, and these patterns coupled with the skill of the swordmaster create a completely unique blade. 

Knowing what to look for in each sword is important, characteristics like the angle of the blade and the way the metal is folded could give away the era in which it was made, and even who made it. Every small detail is treated as equally important. 

Looking at the months of work that go into creating each blade, it’s easy to see why these swords command such a high price. And as there are less and less sword masters across Japan, these works of art are only going to become more valuable.

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  1. 18 months, 1 sword, worked for 21 years
    This dude made almost 21 sword
    Literally just think how long that takes

  2. Months is not a good explanation of time to make, hours would be more suitable. They are not working a typical 40 hours for 18 months straight.

  3. peopel don't realize katana is a symbol weapon and a secondary firearms of the sengoku japan it was not the main weapon of samurai.. its their sidearms.. and the quality swords are given to the rich samurais and daimyos and vassal or hatamoto of the jito.. of course if your just an ashigaru don't expect quality swords.. and people saying today standard quality can destroy katana of course it will.. it modernize creation now.. its like comparing a six gun made on 1880s to a six gun made today..

  4. Samurai swords are also known as katana swords. These swords belong to legendary Samurai warriors. Here are the five most expensive ones with their features.


  5. FIRST 20 SECONDS OF THE VIDEO: "each sword requires dedication, skill, and can take over 18 months to create"
    5 SECONDS LATER: "so, what makes them so expensive?"


  6. Early katana maker put every afford to make perfect sword..
    katana is their Identity and in old day's Japan have limited raw material so they make sword with extreme precision..

  7. i would move to japan with my family …. if given the chance to learn and live the life of a swords smith …….and also passon one day the craft to some oone willing to learn it from me ….

  8. Then an angry European comes along with better steel at the time and bashes it in half with one clash.

  9. I understand the way they were made way back in the day. Today here in 2020 just about anything can be made to the same standard and durability as back when. Today here in 2020 and beyond the firearm and rifle has changed battle and a simple fight between individuals, only a few instances will a sword or knife come into play. the sword now days is a secondary or third option,but thos who use a sword or battle knife are well armed in using it as a secondary weapon.


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