Stay Sharp

For hundreds of years the sword has been considered the pinnacle of Japanese technology.

Utaka Matsumura and his son, Sotaro, have sharpened and polished some of Japan's most important swords. In 2017 I had the opportunity to spend two days with them in Utaka's studio in the Shimada prefecture of Japan. This is a short glimpse into their process.

 

Direction and cinematography
Travis Barron

Editing
Travis Barron

Music
Thomas Seher

Special Thanks to
Parker Fitzgerald
Utaka Matsumura
Sotaro Matsumura

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