The Japanese sword: the tradition and the basis of tradition
Is it possible to understand the entity which is encapsulated in the Japanese sword . besides not being a resident of this country? Probably not. Is it possible to evaluate what was possible to do the masters of ancient Japan with iron? Probably not, because it is necessary to be not only a master craftsman, but also to be a magician. Can you master the technology of manufacturing of those swords, which had been the fate of its owners – probably not, since it’s easier to get a new technology more appropriate to our time than to repeat what was given and was lost. But that’s not all, if we talk about the sword of the samurai – in order to check what will attempt to recover the lost knowledge needs time in almost seven hundred years, because those years contain many rare exhibits, causing the feelings to which the name of sword of the samurai.
Leave connoisseurs of Japan and its art, traditions, trends in philosophy, artisans who spent years trying to replicate the masterpieces of ancient masters, description of methods, and other intricacies with which these masterpieces were born.
Let’s talk about the masters, those whose names are preserved in history, those possessing the gift, diligence, hard work and belief in God can be embodied in this miracle. Those whose names have reached our time and those whose names are lost in history a lot – but each one in his place. Probably there are few countries whose history is preserved documented myths, closely intertwined with reality.
So the list of ancient Japanese swords artists writing the first line of the story of the wizard Amakuni from the province of Yamato who lived in the seventh century. Then, during the reign of the Emperor of Japan Taiho, and this 701-704 years and there was the first notes of the Smiths, whose craft was the manufacture of swords by then already developed in Japan technology. It is known that two hundred years in the land of the rising sun was about a hundred and twenty schools, each of which has mastered the technology of forging metal, possessed both General knowledge and their personal style, and today allows to determine with a high degree of reliability of the ancestry of the blade and the wizard who made it. In the period from 1596 to 1868 these schools was less than eighty.
Historians estimate that over a thousand years of sword production in Japan numbered more than tens of thousands of artists who are recognized as outstanding. This era is recognized as the pinnacle of the flourishing crafts of the blacksmith-armorer, swords of this era on the modern system of evaluation exists in Japan to this culture wear the title of National treasure, and 122 such instance. Seen outstanding no wonder Smith of the kamakura period Masamune refused to denounce their creation – they cannot be repeated.
It is not surprising that modern masters are trying to achieve the same heights of excellence and create a blade that will become in one number with legendary rarities of Japan, and compared with the masters who possessed the technology of forging Damascus steel and Damascus steel. But steel isn’t everything – there’s still a spirit, which only owners can breathe life into this steel.
What did the masters of modern Japan? Probably, they are unable to appreciate their achievements, as they managed to keep the tradition of relationship to the masters, managed to strengthen this relationship – many industries of Japan are at the forefront in today’s competitive environment, they managed to preserve and multiply the traditions themselves, not destroying, but creating. So they managed to embody the spirit of blacksmiths in many areas and there is no doubt that this attitude allows Japan to deal with the elements which had fallen on her today, no doubt who will emerge victorious from this fight.