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Old 4th May 2011, 02:54 AM   #9
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I should say that the most difficult thing to reproduce is a traditional blade. But a few years back, Bhutanese smiths worked with some German ones and produced some convincing reproductions, and the Bhutanese continue to do so. But it's not necessarily common, easy or cheap. The custom of wearing a sword is still common enough that its conceivable that reproductions with unconvincing blades have been produced in recent years, just as some were produced in India presumably using "monosteel" in the 1970s, after the indigenous sowrdsmithing art had largely died out (but Bhutanese smiths continue to turn out large numbers of utility blades, largely of billets of imported steel).
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