An Incredible insight into the traditional forging of a Samurai Katana.

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A treat for anyone that wants to understand the superb skill, patience and knowledge that lead to the birth of the finest blade the world has ever known.

Forging the Samurai Katana

Thousands of years ago , an ancient technology yielded one of the great masterpieces of human civilisation.

The construction of specialised ovens capable of heating steel to the necessary temperatures using only hand tools , hammers , bellows and a preserved knowledge handed down from father to son gave birth the Samurai Katana.

This feature , broadcast on National Geographic will give you a behind the scenes look at the previously unseen process of the forging of a Samurai Katana – from the block of red hot steel to the magnificently elegant sword that served a civilisation for a thousand years.

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