Is it the hammer that always wins or is the anvil the more resolute? The swordsmith may not be philosopher, but one is reminded that in far-distant cultures the swordsmith may have excelled in literary matters as well as combat.
In Japan the status of Shokunin was achieved when physical, mental and spiritual balance was achieved, and not before many crafts, too, had been mastered.
To achieve one must be there, at the apex, at the point where the hammer hits the anvil, for from the jostling of protons comes ideas: creativity does not come from peaceful sedation, but in the collision of senses.
capable of slicing lit candle
capable of fusing again
fast sword slow candle