If you have ever seen any of the 'Kill Bill' movies, you might think you know a little bit about the art of Japanese sword making, but Korehira Watanabe is one of the last remaining Japanese swordsmiths, and he knows how it's done.

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.

via Handmade Portraits: The Sword Maker | The Etsy Blog.