How important is choice of steel & what other factors contributes to the quality of a Japanese blade?

The Art of the Japanese Sword Guard ~ Stories in Steel : Interview with Kevin Adams

The Yoshihara Tradition & The traditional craft of Japanese sword making

My Fulfilled swordsmith´s dream.

Ford Hallam, Japanese Metal &Tosogu Artist

Paul Martin , Japanese Sword Specialist

Interview with Sword Polisher Chris Osborne

Interview with Swordsmith Walter Sorrells

Pierre , a Japanese Swordsmith Apprentice in Japan