In the anime/manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, members of the Demon Slayer corps are equipped with a Nichirin blade, a special katana that is able to slay demons. As the main weapons against demons, the main cast of Demon Slayer are each equipped with their own Nichirin blades, with protagonist Tanjiro Kamado’s blade being the most iconic thanks to its striking black color.
While fans of the series can buy one of many replicas of Tanjiro’s blade, swordsmith Alekseyev made something way cooler–a real-life version of Tanjiro’s katana! Specifically, Funimation recently partnered with YouTube channel That Works (co-founded by Alekseyev) to recreate Tanjiro’s katana in real-life.
Check out how Tanjiro’s katana was made IRL here:
At over 30 minutes long, the making of Tanjiro’s katana video shows the whole process of the katana’s creation. There, you can see how the katana’s iconic hilt was made, as well as how the blade was blackened. And yes, this real-life katana was made using traditional Japanese sword making techniques.
Aside from a detailed look at how the katana was made, the video also acts as a documentary of sorts as Alekseyev shares a lot of interesting info on the history of Japanese bladesmithing.
Source: Anime News Network