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Hat tip to Robby B.

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Handmade Portraits: The Sword Maker from Etsy on Vimeo.

As one of Japan’s last remaining swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe has spent 40 years dedicated to preserving the aesthetic and soul of the Japanese people through his swords. For most of his career, Watanabe has doggedly pursued the recreation of the traditional Koto sword from the Heian and Kamakura periods (794-1333 AD).

While there are no known records of how to precisely make the Koto sword, in the past five years Watanabe has been able to closely replicate it. Moreover, Watanabe abstains from using any of the shortcuts made available by modern technology; for him it is the only way to maintain the tradition of sword making and ensure that the craft survives.

Watch the video above of the craftsman in action.

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When Joshua Bateman isn’t making art with bullets, he’s a Cross-fit trainer. And he does his own workouts in a very cool, super rustic gym that he built in his backyard. Bateman believes in “punishing the specialist,” that is, doing a bunch of unrelated exercises instead of getting really good at just one or two. This video shows a workout that includes back flips and jumping rope with a chain. Pretty manly.

Punish the Specialist from Joshua Bateman on Vimeo.

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Made by Hand is a web series that highlights Americans continuing our rich artisan tradition by making quality goods by hand. In their second episode, they interview master knife maker Joel Bukiewicz.

 

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Levni Yilmaz is the creator of an animated comic series called Tales of Mere Existence. In this episode he both poignantly and humorously ponders what it means to be a man today.

Hat tip to Dallas Gaytheist in the Community for sharing this video.

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Antonio Centeno, AoM’s style writer and the author of the blog Real Men, Real Style, has been going back through some of the old articles he did for AoM, and making a video to accompany the post. He recently did this for an article about why fathers should care about dressing sharp. Check out the original article–A Guide to Dressing Sharp for Fathers–or watch the video to have Tony talk you through it.

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Trident “Beard Boy” from Tom Christmann on Vimeo.

This Trident commercial cracked me up. I did the same thing with my dad’s shaving cream as a kid.

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Max Wastler, owner of the men’s style blog All Plaid Out, and Joe Gannon, owner of an epic mustache, have teamed up to create a web series called Made Right Here. The series highlights clothing and products that are made right here in the USA. Max and Joe visit factories and small artisans to see how they make their wares and talk to the craftsmen to get their stories on why they do what they do. Max and Joe even get their hands dirty and help make a few things, too.

I love the concept. I hope this becomes an ongoing series. Hopefully, these gents can find some investors or a network to help them fund this project.

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Take it from Old Blue Eyes. When life knocks you down, just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.

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“John Vigiano Sr. is a retired New York City firefighter whose two sons followed him into service—John Jr. was a firefighter, too, and Joe was a police detective. On September 11, 2001, both Vigiano brothers responded to the call from the World Trade Center, and both were killed while saving others. Here, John Sr. remembers his sons and reflects on coping with his tremendous loss.”

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