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Next on NOVA: "Secrets of the Samurai Sword"
Tuesday, October 9 at 8 p.m.
The beauty and lethality of the curved steel blade became identified with the distinctive culture of those who wielded it so expertly: the samurai warriors of medieval Japan, celebrated in countless Japanese woodcuts, prints, and films. Fifteen traditional Japanese craftsmen spent nearly six months creating the sword that NOVA follows through production, from smelting the ore to forging the steel to sharpening the blade to a keen edge capable of slicing through an enemy in one swoop. In this program, NOVA probes the centuries-old secrets that went into forging what many consider the perfect blade.
Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site:
The Stuff of Metal
Way of the Warrior
Making a Masterpiece
History of the Samurai
Also, a video preview of the program, Links & Books, the program transcript, and a teacher's guide:
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