Out in the Texas countryside near Austin, down a narrow road not far from the legendary Salt Lick BBQ restaurant, next door to a ramshackle spread guarded by a German shepherd, stands a forge making what may be the best swords in the world.
Here in a state more accustomed to quick draws than parries, Daniel Watson is creating swords with blades so strong and sharp that one cut through 26 mats in a Japanese competition, shattering the previous record.
At first, no one believed a sword could do that. The reaction? "I must be cheating," he laughed.