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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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The castle gleamed alone before him, surrounded by mountains now invisibly wrapped in the dark shroud of night.  Hanzō waited for the word to attack.  All their preparation led up to this moment.  Finally the awaited command was passed down, and he felt a rush of newfound energy as the attack began...
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Akihiko was nervous.  He had just been called by his daimyō (feudal lord).  Walking up the incline to the nearest gate in the imposing wall, easily twice his height, he was noticed by the guards.  “Stop right there and state your business”, they challenged him...
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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”.

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