Why are swords created by Hattori Hanzo considered priceless?

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In The Kill Bill franchise, it is widely known that a sword created by Hattari Hanzo is considered the best sword in the world.

Any time the topic of a Hanzo sword is referred to, any of the characters in the film involved in the topic of conversation are in awe and treat the sword and even the idea of the sword with great reverence.

Bill even states during a conversation with his brother that a Hattari Hanzo sword is priceless.

BILL: You hocked a Hattari Hanzo sword?

BUDD: Yep.

BILL: It was priceless.

What is so amazing about a sword created by Hattari Hanzo? Why would a Hanzo sword be considered priceless?

Best Answer

Paying Homage

The wiki for references lists Samurai Reincarnation as the sword origins source

Jubei approaches the secluded mountain home of the legendary sword maker Muramasa. He is shocked to learn that his father, Yagyu Tajima, recently approached Muramasa to commission a sword that would not only cut human flesh, but demonic spirits as well. Jubei wishes a similar sword as well, since Muramasa was exiled by his master Masamune due to his evil nature, and only a truly evil sword can defeat an evil demon.

Jubei is played by Sonny Chiba who appears in several other referenced films, and specifically as the Hattori Hanz? in 3 seasons of Kage No Gundan tv series.

The reported amazing sword craftmanship that you cite from the movie, and restated by Ebert

The film also uses the constant repetition of wild tales to make them all the more fascinating, like the fabulous virtues of a Hatori Hanzo sword

has the additional effect of placing the Hatori Hanzo name in a honored and high profile status. So one interpretation of the swords' reputation is the elevation of Hanzo/Chiba awareness and appreciation, giving a venerable nod to a giant in the film genre.


As to the technical art itself, Nova's Secrets of the Samurai Sword describes a process which has skilled labor, specific material composition. Several factors which together create a scarcity, rarity.

One step called quenching, involves a high degree of skill:

This is a tricky stage, in which as many as one in three swords is lost.

Procuring the raw material to achieve the grade of steel:

smelters using ancient techniques shovel roughly 25 tons of iron-bearing river sand and charcoal

The right knowledge and execution in cooperation:

It has taken 15 men nearly six months to create this single katana sword.

All this work, then we are saying one man can accomplish it alone. The result of a quality blade will be rare and unique.

I will also throw in the idea that the capable smiths become targets. With assassins, why allow any competition to commission new swords. Can the smith defend themselves? even rarer (I think somewhere it mentions Bill was Hanzo's student so Hanzo is not only a master swordsmith).

Also, if their swords are buried with the dead samurai then the rarity increases.

So I can see the magnificence of a coveted blade growing substantially, and into mythical proportions.

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Why did Hanzo make the sword?

He used Hanzo's teachings for dishonorable purposes, causing Hanzo to retire. But when Beatrix shows that she has the resolve to defeat Bill, Hanzo feels honorbound to make her a sword so she'd have a chance at winning.

Why is Hattori Hanzo famous?

Hattori Hanzo was a famous shinobi from the Sengoku era. He was the leader of the Iga Ninja clan and was known for saving Ieyasu Tokugawa's life. He supported the latter in uniting Japan and becoming its ruler. Due to his popularity, one will find Hanzo Hattori featured in modern popular culture.

Does Oren have a Hanzo sword?

At some point before gaining control of the Toyko underworld, O-Ren Ishii was given a sword made by Hattori Hanz\u014d. O-Ren's sword was only seen being used twice.

What is a Hanzo sword?

The Hanzo Steel katana have been forged from differentially hardened 1060 steel, and have a real hamon. These samurai swords have a titanium coating, and come with a back wearable leather wrapped sheath.

Kill Bill Vol.1 - Hattori Hanzo's Sword - 'The Lonely Shepherd' [HD]

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Answer 2

The skill and craftsmanship that went into the sword, its quality in a fight. Its rarity, due to its limited production. It's priceless in the same way that any other product of skill is priceless. Like an original Da Vinci painting or the first Model T.

Keep in mind that Hanzo is the best swordsmith in the universe of the movie; this is a fact. We have to accept that there is no competition--the swords are the best, period.

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