One and a Half. Million. Prior to ww2. In Japan.
Swords in Our World. Legends so Tell.
There were. Tales that
Approx. 1/3 were Long. Swords. The Daito
of The Samurai. 1/2Million. Arounds, abouts.
Focusing and narrowing. This Seek and Search.
Further. Refining then defining. The Best Of…
Best 5. Of Yore.
… Has and so. Already Been. Done.!.
as well. Well as
National and Cultural Treasures. The
Heavenly Sword Set
are 5 Prime Examples. Of a Lost Art. Artists
of these Types. Were many too. To then
find in the Annals and such-like. Such
Numbers of Total SwordSmiths…
(… As with the Others. Numbers Taken. Herein from
The Samurai Sword : A Handbook by J.M. Yumoto…)
Perhaps many as:
…13,000 – 20,000. Over Times, Places.
Of Yore. Japan. Would Apply. Applying
The Work too. To Metal. Mores
Artisans, Craft Masters, Makers, Polishers. Would
need to be. Factored Ins. To That
and Those. Numbers. Also. Also
though perhaps. Not Coincidental. Herein.
Japan’s Sword History. Of Yore
in Our World. Legends
Tell can also be accommodated. In…
…5 Parts/Ages. As
Belows. So shows.
- …Prior A.D. 600:
Few Written Records with Particulars.
Swords of this Era little of Note.
As Aboves for SwordSmiths.
Basic Makes, straight, curved.
Korean, Chinese Metallurgy influences.
Very few Specimens preserved.
This Era… is the Birth. Per se.
Of Japanese wizardry in the Foundry.
With the advent of a permanent Capital City.
Nara. Then. Then
in Our World. Legends tell Tales. Of Begins.
Other Notable Arts flourished alongs.
Architecture, Religious, Spiritual, Painting, Sculpture
and so forth. Forthrightly Imperial/Family Rule thus.
Went forth, expanded in Unification attempts.
Sword Making primitive as such though
much. Works done too. To begin understanding
and Process Metallurgical. Technical perfection.
Armies for the Unification Attempts. Oft
supplied the needs. A sharpened interest
In Swords and the intricacies of Refining
and Creating lasting Weaponry.
Much Better Sword. Qualities.
This is the Times, Places in Our World. Legends
so Tell. The better and Best Swords so made. Tales.
The Metallurgical Processes, Ingredients
highly Refined. BlackSmiths became Master
SwordSmiths perfecting their Japanese. Swords.
Into the MasterPieces so venerated. Nows. Then
also. Then The Samurai so reigned. Bushido
moving. Alongs. With Sword and Society.
Few innovations. From hereons…
Methods, Ways. Means lil’ to improve. Ons.
Whilst Demand still High. More Mass Production
Methods. So tried. Wanted too. To
more efforts. Expended upon Physical Looks.
Fancy Scabbards, Mountings, Ornaments, Tassels.
With Unification and Social Order
stabilising. Lessening needs. So Demand
include the Promotion of Others. Cultural
Arts as well. Well as into Bushido. To
Declines in Large Numbers. Of SwordSmiths.
Backs and into. To BlackSmithing and/or
Survival of the Sword Arts mainly
through Family Dynasties/Lineages and
Imperial benefactions. Rules, Laws Established.
Such as no Master to produce more than 6
Swords per Year and so forth. Forthrightly…
or Not.?. Such.
Curtailed any further Refinements of the Art…
which was slowly fading. Into the specialised
Fields in niche corners of Society. The Martial
Artists in partic. Particular
attention too. To
these National/Cultural Treasures. So paid. In
Japan. Of Yore. That Divine Triple Set.
Sacred Mirror, Beads. Aboves Sword too. To
Swords then, becoming
now an Icon. Objets d’Art. Art
that even Shōguns. So impressed. Impressing
such urges to be. So Recorded. Records such as
they were. Are Of Yore. Some. Still nows. Available
in Our World. Legends entwine and mix. Mixed Ups
that is. Names changed to reflect Deeds. Misdeeds
as well. Well as seeming. GeoPolitical
Considerations. Considering this,
Kyōhō Meibutsu Chō … 享保名物帳…
Ordered by Shōgun Tokugawa Yoshimune…
Contains. Details many. Swords of Yore as well as
Registering. Other pertinent Details. Therein Listings. Listed
oft as the Tenka-Goken… 天下五剣…
The Best Swords Under Heaven.
- The Onimaru… The Demon Sword
A Sword of many Legends
in Our World. Legends
of Demons slayed, Lives saved, Villains Battled,
Seppuku as well. Well as. Reputed
to have been. Made by Master SwordSmith Kunitsuna.
Length approx. 78.5 cm.
- The Mikazuki… The Crescent/Quarter Moon Sword
The Nomen. So named due to the many faint
shaped markings on the Blade. Blade Markings…
almost impossible to Photograph. A Sword
with many Owners of notoriety, notableness also. Also
attributed to Master SwordSmith Sanjyo Munechika.
Length approx. 80 cm.
- The Juzumaru… Sword of The Rosary
In Our World. Legends of Religion, Spirits
and Spirituality combine, surround. This Epic
example of suave Swordliness. A Destroyer
and Bringer of Righteousness. Crafted
by Master SwordSmith Aoe Tsunetsugu.
Length approx. 81 cm.
- The Otenta… The Great Tenta Sword
One. Of 3 Great Swords presented to
Toyotomi Hideyoshi. A preeminent Leader
of the Military. Unification of Japan. Of Yore
In Our World. Legends Tell of
Healing Tales associated also. Also
Master SwordSmith Miike Tenta Mitsuyo
produced these machinations. Thereof.
Length approx. 67 cm.
- The Dōjigiri… Slayer of the Giant Shutendōji
A Giant Slayer in Our World. Legends
to boot. Ups
that. Are many. Many Tales twisted. Arounds,
this Blade and Others. Like. Liked
by Many. In Our World.
Legends Adopted per se
into Popular Culture, Health,
History, Martial, Religion. Mores. More
overs and well as. As well
assembled by Master SwordSmith
Length approx. 80cm.
For those with. An Interest…
Aka The Monster Cutter. The
Monster Cutter this. So became. A Giant Killer
in Our World. Legends Post…
coming soon. Herein. Now
Next… is this.
How To. Clean Ups. That Blade.
Please Feel Free. If So Inclined too.
i, Shiro that is.
With Any Thoughts, Hints, Tips, Dreams.
If A Particular Legendary Theme or Our
World Legends. Is A Desire.
To Be So Writ. Herein.