For over 1,000 years, one weapon dominated the battlefields of Japan. The Samurai sword was a weapon so fearsome it could split a man from throat to groin, and yet it spawned a new art form and a spiritual way of life. Here was a sword so technologically perfect in structure, so beautiful in creation, that it gave rise to an aristocratic warrior creed. Reaching its ultimate expression in the 16th Century Katana, the Samurai sword has become a thing of legend. More than a weapon, it is regarded as the very soul of a warrior. Using the latest science, Samurai Sword - The Making Of A Legend reveals the secrets of the ultimate blade. It follows the creation of a sword, from its birth in traditional furnaces through the magic of the master sword smith who shapes the blade to the ancient art of the sword polisher who finishes it. The programme also seeks out grand masters of the sword to demonstrate its awesome potential in combat, and compares the killing edge of the Samurai sword with that of the traditional European broadsword.
Release Date: 20 April 2009
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification