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Secrets of the Samurai Sword (Documentary)

Secrets of the Samurai Sword (Documentary)
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Producer:
Nova
Genre:
Documentary
Format:
DVD
Running Time:
56 minutes
Release Date:
2008
Availability:
Available
 

 Summary

English archers had their longbows, Old West sheriffs had their six-shooters, but samurai warriors had the most fearsome weapon of all: the razor-sharp katana, or samurai sword, which could slice through a human body with a single slash. Japanese sword-making was perfected 600 years ago by craftsmen who knew nothing of electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, and other tools of modern science, which are only now revealing exactly why the swords are so lethal. For the first time, these new clues are helping to explain the unique qualities of strength, resilience, and sharpness of the blade that was wielded so expertly by Japan's fearsome feudal warriors.Join NOVA's investigation of the centuries-old secrets behind the making of this ultimate medieval superweapon. The program follows fifteen traditional Japanese craftsmen who spend nearly six months creating a sword, from smelting the ore to forging the steel and finally to sharpening the blade to its keen and deadly edge.

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