2009 Japan, Swordmaker (18 images)

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Sadanori Tanaka, a swordsmith for 18 years, works on a sword in his forge, in Komuro, Chiba-ken, Japan, Wednesday 27th May 2009. Tanaka-san was working on the folding and re-folding the block of steel, which merges the areas of soft and hard metals, prior to shaping the metal block into a sword length.