From Emperor To Blacksmith Apprentice… All For The Love Of Swords.

The Sword holds a hallowed and handy place in many Our World LEGENDS. Shiro slices into such stuff… of Crown, Steel and Fire. Olden blacksmiths and an Japanese Emperor… who became a Sword Maker… whilst another Maker deemed MAD… though Shiro definitely prefers… misunderstood indeed. SWORD LOVE herein. photocredit/thanks:wikimedia

 

IEYASU CEREMONIAL ARMOR. photocredit/thanks:sohu

 

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The Sword holds a hallowed and handy place in any WEAPON LEGENDS HALL OF FAME

(…well, it would…though shiro hasn’t finalised his yet…sorry…):–cos

 

there were few times in martial history when it’s use was not applied.

 

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 FROM EMPEROR

 TO

 BLACKSMITH APPRENTICE

 

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JAP. SWORD STYLES… photocredit/thanks:viralwonderz

 

 ALL FOR THE

 LOVE OF SWORDS.

 

Long esteemed as an individual and collective icon and national symbol,

JAPAN too venerates the SWORD

as an ideal

and a representation of the strength of the individual to collectively defend the nation.

 

 

ALL FOR THE LOVE OF SWORDS.

Along with the Ancient Sacred Mirror and Beads,

the Sacred SWORD is one of Japans trio sets of National Treasures. (click)

 

A SACRED SWORD OF JAPAN. photocredit/thanks:wikipedia

 

The ORIGINS of this sword appreciation society approach is indeed an ancient one. Even within this collective LEGEND, there are those whose blade shone brightest due to the inspiration their acts endow.

 

One such whose growing appetite for sword knowledge was so keen;

that his own chosen lot from Emperor to blacksmith apprentice

ALL for the LOVE OF SWORDS became a LEGEND indeed.

 

BLADE WORK WORK WORK… gifcredit/thanks:ttwentythree

 

SWORD… style/shape OVER THE YEARS. photocredit/thanks:pantip

 HERE… THERE…

 EVERYWHERE A SMITH

 

MUCH SMITH WORK HEREIN… photocredit/thanks:historyplace

 

…ANCIENT TECH AND APPLICATIONS, LEGENDS AND MORE… CEREMONIAL ARMOR. photocredit/thanks:peakpx

 

Blacksmithing (Jap.kajiya) was arguably the most important cultural trade in any country.

Essential infrastructure in every village, castle or army. Most tech or machinery was made/repaired by the smiths. There are several colors and types of smith too.

  • black / white / tin / red / brown / copper / silver / gold / hammer / blade / nai(l) / arrow / shoe / six(sickle) etc

The names are basic/self explanatory; referring to a weapon, item or metal type/color.

 

In the Western World the anglo saxon germanic connection for example meant for many years a persons profession/family trade…

was their surname too.

 

This fact also explains such names as smithson in the obvious manner… a son of a smith.

 

EXCUSE ME SIR…YOUR SWORD IS ON FIRE!

 The LEGENDS of FIRE

  (ka) 

are also inextricably bound with that of  Smithing

another obvious.

 

Official records indicate too that swords were/have been occasionally used as votive divine offerings for nearly two thousand years.

Swords sacrificed to/for the GODS.

Sweet.

 

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  FALLING SMELTING IN LOVE

…SECRETLY.

 

 

CLICK THE PHOTO TO SEE A CLOSER VIEW OF THE JAPANESE SWORD… SHIRO STYLE. photocredit/thanks:star-shopsk

 

The process of sword smithing in Japan had its boom period from around 1100-1500’s.

This work had soon become almost ritualized, akin to a religion. The smiths themselves became honorable society members, their profession/position almost venerated.

 

The particular methods used to create the iconic samurai sword are long and labour intensive.

Some of the smiths specialised in particular processes such as forging the blade or tempering, so swords were oft. the product of several experts.

The approach and dedication of these tradies ensured the jap. sword its deserving place in martial history and legend.

 

 

For those with an interest;

a closer look at the sword smiths work can be found here…(click)

or here…(click).Also sweet.

 

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 HOW NOT TO GIVE

MASAMUNE A HAND !

Precise technical details were oft.treasured secrets.

 

 

One of the LEGENDARY SMITHS...for example:

the great MASAMUNE, being visited by another local smith, had reason to use one of his bladed creationson the visitor.

 

Placing his hand in one of Masamune’s tempering baths… to ascertain temp and ingredients presumably…

the visiting smith soon found himself without

his hand.

 

Masamune, with one neat sword swish strike-removed the offending body part:

SECRET SAVED… SAMURAI SWORD-SMITH  STYLE !

 

 

 

swish LEGEND, though… not so sweet

if you were the next victim visitor;

all hands… and any other appendages… away… NOW!

 

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 SHIRO’s SMITHING LOCALE

 LEGENDS LIST…

 

Samurai and Sword Maverick and Master… Musashi Miyamoto. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

 

ANCIENT SWORD TYPES Of Japan… photocredit/thanks:tvtropes

 

Development of the Japanese Sword… over Times and Places… Our World Legends… also. photocredit/thanks:weaponsofwar

 

Very few extant records exist of the very early days of sword making…

pre 1100’s only smiths in small numbers seemed to be mentioned-

 

approx 900+ the swordsmith YASUTSUNA and another , around 100yrs later-

named as MUNECHIKA are considered worthy of note it seems.

 

SEEK AND SEARCH WITH Shiro… THE LEGENDS OF THE GOD OF WAR… THE FIERY PLANET MARS… BATTLE SCARRED INDEED IT SEEMS. HEREIN Shiro STYLE. THE LEGENDS. THE PLANET. GOD OF WAR. MARS.

 

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Some 200+ years later however…

the LEGENDS OF JAPANS SWORDSMITHING period began to be recognised.

Looking back now…

 

5 major areas/PROVINCES were producing some 80% of this period’s weapons.

LOTSA SWORD WORK THEREIN.

 

A Space for CROWD CONTROL… ZATOICHI STYLE. Our World Legends. gifcredit/thanks:giphy/youtube CLICK His Way FOR A SURVIVAL TREAT. Shiro style. THE VILLAGE. THE LEGENDS. A TRIO OF TOP SURVIVAL SITES… too. Herein.

 

 THE MAJOR PROVINCES OF…

 SWORD WORK- 

(considered alphabetically…)

BIZEN , MINO , SOSHU/SAGAMI , YAMASHIRO  and  YAMATO.

 

BIZEN : it’s geographical location and ideal weather conditions, esp. in the east of the province ensured the production of high quality weaponry for much of this time.

 

BIZEN PROVINCE. photocredit/thanks:wikipedia

 

MINO : legends associate Masamune students with this area and early works show excellent sword-smithing though long term the quality suffered and MINO lost its importance and influence in this tradition.

 

MINO PROVINCE. photocredit/thanks:wikipedia

 

SOSHU/SAGAMI : a main centre of influence , esp. in Kamakura where the First SHOGUNATE was established… the black-smithing necessity… obvious… even though its locale and climate… not entirely desirable.

 

SOSHU/SAGAMI PROVINCE. photocredit/thanks:wikipedia

 

YAMASHIRO : the province of the then capital, KYOTO… sword-work in high/great demand for many years.

YOSHIMITSU-SAN… of the KAMAKURA period, a favourite of shiro’s.

 

YAMASHIRO PROVINCE. photocredit/thanks:wikipedia

 

and

YAMATO : locale of a previous capital, NARA… then the later, Temple/monk/sect movements into the area around 1200+ ensured a continuing good/high quality presence and contribution to the Jap.sword work traditions for some time.

 

YAMATO PROVINCE. photocredit/thanks:wikipedia

 

 

 SHIRO INTRO’s…

 THE MASTER-SMITHS

 OF LEGEND.

…so many smiths… so lil time and space.

 

The sword intel reveals a listing of many many names in japan alone who have done good sword work.

Just using the main 5 provinces

more than several hundred just in this period of history.

 

Yet, amongst these many…a small handful still stood out.

 

 

Known as the MASTER-SMITHS or MASTER-MAKERS; these 3 groups collectively represent the ALL. Their exemplary skills even acknowledged as extraordinary by their peers.

Many of their weapons became famous in their own way via other samurai legends and tales.

 

…and a BONUS too…

In addition:

A bonus for reading this far-

 

Shiro has done an addition of his own…to this master-smith listing.

 

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The last name is well known…though a lil infamous-

and whilst the purists of jap sword history seem intent on refusing his deserved place…

shiro disagrees.

They say…he is unlucky, a smith on the edge of insanity… one whose blades reflect his madness. ALL his work classified as ignoble and unworthy… struck off the records of the experts guilds too.

 

By men of superstition and plain prejudice sayeth shiro.

 

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For Shiro knows full well the edge of madness

WE ALL DO… if we but dare look close to the edge.

 

Shiro knows too… like children;

madmen and womentend to tell… the plain truth.

 

 

HE deserves and has earnt his place at last; here at least-

Amongst friends… and fellow madmen he dreams-

Make him feel welcome… remember him too.

 

LEGEND of a SWORD-SMITH.

 

EACH AND ALL it seems.

AT LAST, BUT NOT LEAST,…ON THE LIST…

FOR YOU.

 

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BLADE WORK BY MURAMASALAST BUT NOT LEAST ON THE LIST. LEGEND.

 

 THE LIST…OF LEGENDS.+

 shiro’s addition…at LAST

 but not least for YOU.

 

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  • The BIZEN SANHEI = The 3 MASTER-SMITHS OF BIZEN = KANEHIRA, SUKEHIRA & TAKAHIRA.
  • The KYOTO SANJO = The 3 MASTERS OF KYOTO = ARIKUNI, KANENAGA & YOSHIIE.
  • The elite SANSAKU = The 3 MASTER-MAKERS = MASAMUNE, YOSHIHIRO & YOSHIMITSU.

and last but not least

  • MASTER-MAKER MURAMASA…of ISE PROVINCE… He whom, the purists forgot…

( on purpose btw…i mean…just cos that fumbly  SHOGUN  IYEYASU  cut himselftwice…on a MURAMASA…surely doesn’t mean anything???…hmmm???…might throw some salt over my left shoulder…just in case methinks…and get someone else to clean THAT SWORD too perhaps !?).

 

 

TRAINING TIME BOYS… gifcredit/thanks:soha …TIME TO STOP CHOKING THAT ROOSTER… A CHINESE YEAR OF THE DOG AHEAD… CLICK TO SEE AND SEARCH THE LEGENDS. Shiro style… A WELCOME… too.

 

OK…back to the intel shiro.

 

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 PUT BLACKSMITH 

 ON MY RESUME…

 o…perhaps Emperor too.

 

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Sometime in the late 1100’s

Somewhere in Japan…

 

ICHIMONJI NORIMUNE the black-smith,

now knew the EMPEROR was a man after his own heart.

 

 

The EMPEROR GOTOBA was a man in love…

deeply in love.

 

GOTOBA’s passion was now so incensed, so aflame…akin to the forge, which, in turn was soon to become his Temple.A proclamation issued, there was no turning back…the first of its kind…a proclamation of love

FROM EMPEROR TO BLACKSMITH APPRENTICEGOTOBA was to be.

 ALL FOR THE
 LOVE OF…SWORDS.

 

Gotoba…another view of he of,.. Our World Legends. photocredit/thanks:dissertationreviews

 

 

 

In the heady days that followed the black-smith found he was not alone.

GOTOBA was a willing student who learnt well (click).

Not satisfied with the lone wolf approach the EMPEROR put other wheels in motion.Each and every month, one of 12 provincial smiths worked hand in hand with GOTOBA.Others were held in reserve.

Teams of smiths too had been set up in various locales to aid the EMPEROR, now BLACKSMITH APPRENTICE…but still EMPEROR, who had so decreed (click).

 

BLACKSMITH (+ EMPEROR) GOTOBA AT BLADEWORK. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

FROM EMPEROR TO BLACKSMITH APPRENTICE…I AM TO BE-

ALL FOR THE LOVE OF SWORDS.

GOTOBA = EMPEROR, SWORD-LOVER, SWORD-SMITH, LEGEND.

 

 

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SWORD-DRAW KUNOICHI… SWISH INDEED. photocredit/thanks:alphacoderswallpaperhd …SEEK AND SEARCH THE LEGENDS OF YORE… FOR OTHER WEAPONS OF INTEREST… SPEARED THAT POINT INDEED. HATTORI HANZO. HIS SPEAR. LEGENDS… BOTH… too.

 SWORD WORK
 SWORD LOVE.

 

 

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LEGENDARY WEAPON…THE 7 BRANCHED SWORD… CLICK AWAY… FOR MORE HEREIN… photocredit/thanks:listverse

 

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Though blunted by the ninja creed

(of all/every weapon…is useful etc)…

shiro does have a soft spot for the lines of a good sword.

 

Sword Holder KUNOICHI photocredit/thanks:pinterest O…KUNOICHI… ARE YOU A FAN OF THE FAN…too.?.

 

The look, feel and natural swinging weight do indeed elicit admiring glances…

and interesting techniques too.

Some of the blades ooze ‘ sword appeal ‘.

 

…A GIRLS BEST FRIEND.?. TRUTH.?. HEREIN. THE LEGENDS. THE DIAMONDS. THE COMPANY.

 

 

…SWORD WORK… photocredit/thanks:pinterest …THE CAT DOLL THAT WAVES… PET PROTECTORS, SURVIVAL TIPS, PET TREATS AND CAT-NAPS… too. THE LEGENDS. THE TEMPLE. THE CAT THAT WAVES… AND MORE.

 

 

 

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PART OF STOCKPILED JAP. SWORDS CONFISCATED BY USA AFTER WW2. photocredit/thanks:forumsgunboards

 

The hand made ones are a collectors delight, all with their differences yet all made with the same sword love.

 

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                                                                           HARD AT WORK.

 

 SHIRO’s SHINOBI SWORD TIP:

 

 

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For those who appreciate such things;

to ensure a quicker draw than your opponent…

use a shorter weapon…or none at all.

 

NINPO IKKAN.

 

idreamofninja…do you have a dream?

 

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Here’s a song and 3 more…sharp and sweet…or not…shiro’s choice for sure:

 

 

 

Till next…

 

SHINOBI SWORD-STRIKE SUCCESS… DOUBLE-UP INDEED. PULP FICTION FOUND IN Shiro’s LIBRARY… HEREIN. THE BOOKS. THE REVIEW. PULPED INDEED. THE HEROES… too. gifcredit/thanks:mnaurunappula

 

 

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