What A Process: Forging A Traditional Japanese Katana

July 14, 2015


This is a video from Man At Arms detailing the process of forging a traditional Japanese katana (in this case a Hattori Hanzō replica from Kill Bill). They even start by making their own steel from iron ore. The whole process was pretty fascinating, and the finished product (which has over 3-million layers) puts the cheap katana replica I bought from the weapon kiosk at the mall look like a turd. A turd I could still polish and stab my roommate with, just so we're clear.

Keep going for the whole 20-minute video while daydreaming about being a ninja.

Thanks to Blasfrenzy, who tried to tell me the pen is mightier than the sword which is why I have a pen in my neck right now.

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  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Nobody ever pisses and moans when an American makes a European style or some kind of Middle-Eastern style sword. But when they make a Japanese style, look out! Here come the weaboos and they are quick to criticize!! Calling you out, Thog and Meh.

  • Zirthran

    So, all of this just to cut vegetables?
    I'm sure this has very high-tech back in the day, but the new thing right now is to work the silicon

  • Thog

    I like how they go through the b.s. of wrapping the steel in a mudball/hay combo for authenticity... then bust out the PowerHammer. Apparently also a replica from feudal Japan. Made by Mitsubishi or some sh*t....

  • David

    Well, getting one powered by a watermill like the ones used during that time period would be pretty hard.

  • Meh

    Yeah this is like the poor man's version of a real japanese blade.

    Aaaand.. 3,5 minutes in, about to puke all over this hokum.

  • Tyguy

    That's cute. Now obtain some knowledge:


  • Zachary Maltais

    Was just about to post this, glad some one else has seen it :)

  • Gene Kaufman

    I had a friend that used to have a Katana.
    The only thing she really did with it was stab her pool because "reasons".

  • Siegfoult

    Now make 10,000 of them to raise Smithing skill to 100.

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