|Premiere Performance:||November 10, 2012 - Enwave Theatre|
In Japan, the sword is considered sacred and inviolable. A sword blade must not be broken, dull or bent.
The skill of Japanese swordsmith is world renowned. They developed a special process, combining hard iron around softer iron core, creating a laminated sword which was capable of maintaining a very sharp cutting edge while also being resistant to shattering. It is a dangerous, physically demanding and laborious process which involves much folding and forge-welding.
Sword makers are devout, whispering prayers while they work.