Bestowing beauty on a fearful blade

Life Apr 27, 2008

Bestowing beauty on a fearful blade

by Raju Thakrar

If you were to call 51-year-old Yoshihiko Usuki a makeover maestro, he'd probably just chuckle, go back to his hunched position and continue sliding the sword clasped in his hands over a polishing stone. Yet togishi (sword-polishers) like Usuki are essential players in the process ...