Posted by Tiglath from 137.a.005.mel.iprimus.net.au (126.96.36.199) on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 11:44AM :
The Japanese Samurai sword is considered to have virtually no parallel in any other form of art made of iron. In the sword, we can see the aesthetic and racial spirit of the Japanese ancestry.
The methods employed by most smiths in its creation begins with the wrapping of the outer skin by folding and hammering the metal over and over again. This process aids in the elimination of various impurities and also produces many layers of metal of differing structure.
And just like the Japanese ironsmiths Fred Parhad, aka Farid, wants to (verbally) hammer the Assyrians and in a sense "test their metal" by removing the impurities.
Love him or hate him...........but let's at least appreciate a master craftsman at work.
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