Swords are objects of power.
They are an inseparable part of our collective history; romanticized artifacts of a history none of us have ever experienced. These objects were made for war and as symbols of status, but even then they weren't just tools, but works of art.
Modern craftsmen have to make many concessions in regards to the way we approach making this work. From the materials we use to the techniques and tools, much has changed, but the artistry and integrity behind hard work done with deft hands will never fade.