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Published on Jan 8, 2013
As one of Japan's last remaining swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe has honed his craft for 40 years while attempting to recreate the mythical Koto sword.
Korehira Watanabe is one of the last remaining Japanese swordsmiths. He has spent 40 years honing his craft in an attempt to recreate Koto, a type of sword that dates back to the Heian and Kamakura periods (794-1333 AD). No documents remain to provide context for Watanabe's quest, but he believes he has come close to creating a replica of this mythical samurai sword. --- The hallmark series of Etsy.tv, the Handmade Portraits ask -- What makes the creative mind tick? With these pieces, we uncover the story behind the maker and introduce viewers to creative people both within and beyond Etsy's community. by Etsy.tv