Traditional Japanese swords can take over 18 months to create — here's what makes them so special
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Japanese sword making is a tradition that goes back centuries, and one that's carried on to this day.

Master Akihira has been making these swords for 21 years at his studio just outside of Tokyo, Japan.

Each sword is a unique artwork, and one that is made to be admired as you would a painting.

Becoming a swordsmith in Japan takes a 5 year apprentiship, and there are only around 180 working smiths today. 

Japanese sword making is a tradition that goes back centuries, and one that's carried on...

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