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What better way to spend a Friday lunch break than watching a couple of videos about old-school craftsmen making badass swords? If the information in these vids is to be believed, less than 30 people in the world make their living as sword-makers. Wow.

A friend of mine tipped me off to the interesting 3-minute-long video above about a Taiwanese sword-maker, part of a list of seven short films about “obsolete occupations” featured over on the blog Brain Pickings. (If you visit, check out the vid on the sign artist, too.) It’s light on specifics about the art, but still gives you a cool look at the true spirit of making — a man sacrificing much to learn a skill which he applies lovingly and hopes to pass on to his children. Read on past the jump for another video about a Japanese sword-maker.

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