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New Year, New Swords

| Festivals , Gifu
New Year, New Swords

Bladesmiths in central Japan show visitors the traditional method for making Japanese swords.

Bladesmiths in Gifu are making swords to mark the start of the year. They forge the blades, hammering on steel heated to 1,300℃. The production method has been handed down for hundreds of years. About 300 spectators came to watch. Gifu is very famous for its bladesmiths, who skillfully make some of the best swords and knives in Japan. If you're not into the samurai lifestyle, level up your cutting skills in the kitchen with a Gifu-made blade.