Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Making a katana from scratch

Sploid (part of gizmodo) have a post with a video on making a samurai katana (based on the one in Kill Bill) from scratch - i.e. they start with iron ore.  Well worth the 18 minutes.

I had never heard of the traditional Japanese technique for lighting the forge where they pound a piece of iron with a hammer until it becomes red hot then use that to ignite a piece of paper.