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There’s no doubt that swords are freaking awesome, and we bet everyone has dreamed about giving it all up and moving into the country to spend the rest of their days crafting badass swords, but we doubt many people have actually followed through. Which makes sense, because actually making swords looks freaking exhausting. And probably pretty difficult too.

But that didn’t stop Jia Huaijin from quitting his steady office job and doing just that!

Do you hate your job? While we’re sure that there are plenty of people out there who love what they do, it’s also true that the number of folks who hate their jobs seems to grow every day. And it’s not hard to see why either–we’re increasingly tied to work that we neither enjoy nor derive any satisfaction from. Of course, there are exceptions, but many are like Jia Huaijin was until he was 28–an office worker living in a city.

But that was five years ago. Today, his life is slightly different.

▼”I can still shred old documents,” he has never been quoted as saying.

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Now 33 years old, Jia lives in the countryside and spends his days crafting swords, which he sells for between 100,000 and 200,000 yuan each. In case you don’t have you currency converter handy, that’s between about 16,000 and 32,000 US dollars! Though we’re not sure what he’s spending the money on, because his workshop looks like it hasn’t been renovated since 1955.

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▼Though when you can produce something like this,
why the hell would you change your process at all?!

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Guying, Zhengzhou, the capital of Central China’s Henan, is the rural location that Jia has made his new home, but the decision was hardly random. The area was apparently once a blacksmithing hot-spot in China with a history going back over 2,000 years. His set up lies less than a mile from the iron manufacturing site that was active during the Han period. Apparently Jia’s ultimate goal is to restore swords from the period.

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Reports describe his home and shop as being filled with swords–which makes sense, when you consider how much he’s done in five freaking years. There’s no way you go from being an office worker to being a famous swordsmith in five years without making more swords you’d find on the set of a samurai movie.

▼”That’s hawt,” is what Jia would say if he were Paris Hilton.

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While we probably wouldn’t recommend that everyone drop what they’re doing and run out into the country to become swordsmiths, we do have to say that we found Jia’s story incredibly inspirational. It just goes to show that with a lot of hard work and enough practice, you can do just about anything. Even if all you want to do is just sleep on the sofa all day!

Sources: Shanghaiist, News 163, China Daily
Images: News 163