Re: Two new interviews between Ellis Amdur and Guillaume Erard
Szczepan - I have no quarrel, whatsoever, about someone making a Japanese sword using better forging techniques. I use bokken made out of vera wood, lignum vitae, and am hoping to receive naginata made of persimmon and live oak in the near future.
However, I would reject someone who decided to make a "better" katana, using new metallurgy, that had the infamous "sakabatto" - a blade on the mune. Piano wire would change the weapon, and if it's an archaic weapon, there's no meaning to this. It wouldn't be kusarigamajutsu. The tension in archaic arts is to maintain the tradition but refine to it's essence.