In modern China, as in many other countries (for sure), there are people who dedicated his life to one cause. And the devoted – to say the least! As religious zealots they work from dawn to dusk. These people – the smiths. And they just forge swords by traditional technologies. Private masterpieces can cost as much as medium-statistical apartment, for example, in one of the micro-districts of Beijing. These are the interesting details.
Now, when the whole (Almost all) the world "sick" Japan, its language, culture and traditions, a neighbor of our motherland – China – a relationship, to put it mildly, not serious. For the modern Russians, China, is – well, if the Great Wall of China ", but basically – the abode of cheap consumer goods with the communist tradition. It so happened that became for all of civilized society exporter 'number one', China has increasingly consolidates its reputation as a modern, huge factories, able to produce almost everything. But the historical tradition, the story itself goes for the rest of the world to the rear position. Inside the same China, the situation turns out the opposite – an abundance of serials and tv shows scientific, historical and other nature. Recently, stories about the iron-maker. And not just artists, but real professionals working exclusively on the traditional method. The essence of which simple – charcoal, spring water and the iron-containing sand.
All this is mixed by skilled hands and the output you get collector's item, not just a beautiful and elegant, but not without qualities inherent in the cold arms. If the Japanese tradition of making knives is impressive huge selection of tools and techniques, then, with respect to China, here the choice is much more! For many people might be unexpected, but in the early formation blacksmithing in the country of the Rising Sun in ancient times almost without stopping conducted trade with China, and one of the exports were swords made in China. It took a long time to master the techniques of forging blades and plant them in new soil. And if now the secrets of the old masters of Japan for the most part lost, that in China they are still alive.