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Making a 400-Year-Old Sword Using Ancient Techniques Is Pretty Damn Hard

Watch as the guys from Baltimore Knife and Sword make a 400-year-old Dandao sword from China using some really old techniques and machinery. It’s awesome to see iron sand transformed into steel in a smelter that would be similar to the ones the Chinese used centuries ago. It’s almost cooler to see a block of steel get stretched out in a rolling mill that’s been used to make horseshoes for 80 years.

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But the best part is seeing how damn hard it is to make the 400-year-old sword. Even with the aid of some modern cheats, turning sand into a steel blade takes so much work that it’s incredible that people actually managed to do it in the first place.

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I believe that in order to make a 400 year old sword you must follow these steps:

1. Make a sword
2. Wait 400 years
3. Profit