Get ready for the ultimate do-it-yourself project: a battle-worthy
handmade Japanese katana (long sword). In this one-of-a-kind video,
Master Bladesmith Wally Hayes takes you step by step through the
process of designing and building a Katana-Tac - a simplified
tactical katana suitable for traditional martial arts practice or
modern battlefield use. Through detailed instruction and close-up
camerawork, you'll learn exactly how to design, profile, grind,
temper, polish, and haft your very own working katana using a
minimum of tools and equipment. In the process, you'll also learn
some of the most closely guarded secrets of both traditional and
modern-day swordmaking, including the construction of a low-cost
charcoal forge and the exact process for Japanese-style clay
tempering. Once your blade is properly tempered, Hayes teaches you
how to polish it to reveal the hamon (temper line) and haft it with
a traditional cord-wrapped handle. This is one of the most
extraordinary instructional videos ever produced and a rare look at
the craft of a master swordmaker. For information purposes only.
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