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Legend has it that an ancient ruler of China, King Chu, once called the greatest swordsmith of the land to make him a few masterwork weapons.  That man’s name was Master Ou Yezi.   Ou heeded the King’s command and traveled far and wide, looking for a place in which he could make such weapons.  He finally found a suitable place – one with plentiful iron for smithing, special water for quenching, and suitable stones for grinding...
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Johnny walked into the sword shop.  Inside, there were swords from all eras adorning the walls.  To his left, he could see swords from Europe, and to his right swords from China and Japan.  At the back of the shop was the shopkeeper who looked up as the bell jingled. As Johnny approached the shopkeeper, he couldn’t help exclaiming to himself, “Ah, but which should I choose?” "That’s a great question, son,” said the shopkeeper, who had obviously overheard Johnny’s not-quite whisper. “To know that, you’ll need to know about the history of these fine weapons..."
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Japanese swords are much more than tools of war: they are works of art.  Born of a time when quality steel was more precious than gold, Japanese swordsmiths created complex and exacting methods of forging swords in order to create masterpieces that belied the poor quality of the ore from from which they were created. These methods have been passed down through traditions while remaining essential unchanged for centuries.  One man Yoshihara Yoshindo is considered the greatest swordsmith alive today...

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Kuna was frustrated.  It seemed no matter how hard or long she practiced, she never could make her sword move as fast as she wanted it to.

Her teacher had been watching her quietly grow more frustrated each session and finally made a decision. ”Kuna”, he said and approached her.  "You need a sword with a Bo-Hi.”

“A Bo-Hi", she exclaimed, “What’s that?”

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