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January 7, 2010
Taiwan’s last sword-maker clings to his ancient craft

Once considered sacred, the ancient tradition of Taiwanese sword-making is dying out.

But one man is trying to keep the craft going.

Steve Chao of Al Jazeera English traveled to the town of Cheding to meet Taiwan’s last professional sword-maker, who at 65, hopes to pass the tradition onto an apprentice.

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I have worked with metal for 5 years and would like to become his aprentice


Many could work a piece of metal into the shape of an apparent sword.
Few could give that sword a unique spirit which would make its worth incomparable among all the flames of the kindred processes of the World.

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