Video: How to Make a Japanese Katana Sword: Exquisite Detail Of the Hamon and Engraving

I thoroughly enjoyed this Japanese video that covers the forging, engraving and heat treat of a Japanese Katana by a Master – Sadatosh Gassan. The video provides a great overview and while it is in Japanese, there are subtitles in English.

What I found most fascinating was the detail of the creation and application of the clay to create the hamon. Sadatoshi-san also is shown carefully engraving a dragon around a plum tree.

He evenly applied the clay and is now drawing the hamon pattern into it prior to the heat reat.
Here it iss just prior to the firing.
Carving the dragon into the blade.
The end result is beautiful.

The Video


I hope you found this video as interesting as I did!

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