Category: Legendary Weapons

The Way Of The Fan… are you a fan.?.

Though not widely acknowledged and/or recognised, THE WAY OF THE FAN has been an integral part of the SELF-DEFENCE knowledge… for several legendary HEROES of Ancient Japan. Even less known are this MARTIAL ART’s links to groups of ANCIENT INSTRUCTORS, that also encouraged such as the SHINOBI AND NINPO TRADITION in it’s infancy. Shiro soon becomes… a fan of the Fan indeed.

 

 

Though oft not widely acknowledged and/or recognised,..

THE WAY OF THE FAN

…has long been an integral part of the MARTIAL and SELF-DEFENCE knowledge… for many of the legendary HEROES of Ancient Japan.

 

Warriors renowned and notable abound of the FAN WAY;

and include Takeda Shingen (click),.. Minamoto Yoshitsune (click),..

…Kumagai Naozane (click),.. Ganryu (click),..

…even the First NARA SUMO TOURNAMENT CHAMPION,..

…KIYOBAYASHI was awarded a BATTLE FAN upon his epic victory.

 

Fans of the FAN it seems indeed.

 

Our World LEGEND AND the TRADITION OF KIYOBAYASHI… FIRST NARA SUMO CHAMPION CONTINUES WITHIN THE REFEREE OF THE MODERN Ways. FANNING FIGHT FAIRNESS… THE WAY FORWARD FOR THE WINNER… too.

 

No need to ask such LEGENDS…

ARE YOU A FAN.?.

For they know… full and well;

 

A FAN… can and could go… just about anywhere–

…whereas other WEAPON FORMS… even the o venerated SAMURAI SWORD were brushed away… and put away too it seems.

 

This fact, combined with a BUSHI Warrior’s experience of such matters and Leadership inclinations… according to the LEGENDS permitted Araki Murashige (click)…

…to survive… live some more indeed.

 

Summoned to appear before the Lord,.. DAIMYO Oda Nobunaga (click), to face charges of Treason,.. Araki M. bowed low at the door threshold… as was the custom and practice;..

…to bow… before the Lord.

 

 

…CAREFULLY CLICK THOSE DOORS… SMASH IT SEEMS INDEED. THE WAYS CAN BE… MANY WAYS IT SEEMS. Join Shiro and SWORDSMASTER MUSASHI MIYAMOTO WHO WOODENLY LEARNS… WOOD… IS SMASHING…too.

 

Swords, Sticks, Spears, Knives + co.,.. customarily removed… much much earlier,..and-

…and,.. and…

…they got in the way when you bowed anyway… too.

 

Before… the Lord.

Oda.

 

(…Araki M.,.. even within this early LEGEND (version) of his Tales… seems to be regarded… as highly regarded, quite weaponry wise and so forth. Possibly what we would term a ” VETERAN ” …his Castle Call-out would have put him on his toes per se… READY.

He seems to know it was a ” Stitch Up ” etc and was on guard. Well aware of the treachery ahand, afoot, aneck and so forth. The Lord (…pic(s) below Oda,..) that issued the Summons; was on the rise in Political Power and twas known for such surprise Diplomacy and alike tactics… one of those slippery slimy character traits personified it seems indeed… e.g. no need for enemies with Oda in your family… indeed.)

 

DAIMYO ODA NOBUNAGA… The COMMANDER OF 40,000 SOLDIERS OF SAMURAI… WHO took to BATTLE AT IGA… THE SHINOBI. THE 3000… HE, also who also tried to jam Araki Murashige’s head tween doors,.. AND as well…he… who twat forgot to TESSEN consider… indeed. photocredit/thanks:samuraiarchives

 

40000+ SOLDIERS OF SAMURAI… THE SHINOBI. THE 3000. A BATTLE THAT BECAME KNOWN IN JAP. HISTORY AS THE SECOND TENSHO IGA WAR. Our World Legends. Herein. photocredit/thanks:fxguide

 

THE TESSEN… THE IRON FAN. THIS EXAMPLE CAN BE SEEN AT THE IWAKUNI CASTLE, JAPAN. DOOR STOPPER, LIFE SAVER, POLITICAL PLAN SAVIOUR and more too. photocredit/thanks:wikimedia

 

A Tessen Iron Fan… was all that was… at hand per se for Araki M.

Instinctively.?. or knowingly.!.

… as he bowed and fanned low… before the Lord.

 

Before the Lord,.. he laid low his Tessen… Fan,.. too.

 

Laid low… in the floor’s door groove.

Laid low… like he.

 

Before the Lord.

Oda.

 

The Lord… DAIMYO ODA NOBUNAGA,.. WORE STUFF LIKE THIS… OBVIOUSLY… ONE OF THOSE LEADERS… WHO DID NOT LIKE BEING POKED AT… NOR FANNED ON EITHER IT SEEMS. GO TESSEN. LEGEND. photocredit/thanks:orientalweaponry

 

Head down, prostrated before the Lord,.. laying low…

…Araki M.,.. he heard his Tessen call and shriek and scream and carry on and so on… sort of.

 

In defiance of the usual Protocol and quickly,..somehow;

…with great force the doors were pushed along the grooves.

To close that is.

 

Not open wide… but close upon,..

… the Tessen out bearing and groove lying,..

… fanned out and now.,..

…low lying… Samurai Araki M.

 

Before the Lord.

Oda.

 

THE GUNSEN Tessen… AN IRON WAR FAN.  photocredit/thanks:historyrundown

 

Aiming to trap,.. or worse… behead the head of…

…Araki M.’s,..

…that was his,.. there… tween.

 

The Tessen,.. too… in Self-defence… laid low,.. stayed low, before the Lord…

…and jammed that sliding… and pushy door… right back indeed.

Groovy,.. it seems… too.

 

A clash of Iron and Wood that echoed throughout the Summons Hall… but left Araki M.,.. and head… intact.

There was no SHTF… Fan-fare,.. this time before the Lord.

Oda.

 

…JUST A LIL’… FAN-FARE…JAPANESE DRAMA STYLE.

 

With further great tact and iron will… and Iron Tessen too…

…Araki M. ignored all clamor and commotion,.. the sounds… he rose above,.. though,.. he stayed seated.

Still before the Lord.

Oda.

 

To declare his allegiance to BUSHIDO, Japan and his inherent innocence in these and such matters,.. for all to know… and the Lord to consider,.. thus they could all stop…

…fanning about indeed. It seems.

Araki M.

Tessen… too. LEGENDS.

 

His charges… were simply,.. fanned away.

More groovy stuff here… too.

Before the Lord. This day.

Oda. In Japan.

 

GUNSEN…TESSEN. THE WAR FAN OF JAPAN. photocredit/thanks:wikimedia A GIANT OF A LEGEND… HEREIN AND THEREIN… too. CLICK AWAY THE FAN WAY.

 

LEGEND and Tyrant’s Door Guillotine Stopper it seems… as well.

The TESSEN. WAY to go… Araki M.,.. too.

 

Oda… not so much.

 

 

Such stuff of LEGENDS are too, within the FAN WAYS; and this OLDEN MARTIAL ART’s links to groups of ANCIENT INSTRUCTORS, ADVISERS, Peoples and Places are such;…

…that active participation also encouraged the SHINOBI AND NINPO TRADITION in it’s infancy and training methods as well as that of the Samurai.

THE WAY OF THE FAN

combines LEGENDs and LINEAGEs of an Ancient Time indeed.

 

LEGENDARY WEAPONS LITTER… THE LEGENDS INDEED. CLICK PHOTO TO JOIN SHIRO IN A SEARCH FOR A SET OF 9 UNIQUE FROM ANCIENT JAPAN.

 

The Way of the FAN is one of those rare ARTS that few outside JAPAN or CHINA study. A rather specialised defence and combat system…

…with few specialists it seems indeed.

 

Yet, the links of this weaponry form,.. 鉄扇術

…usually referred to as a/the TESSEN JUTSU (click):

…stretch and fan all the way back to the origins and founding of the nation of JAPAN itself.

 

So.?.

ARE YOU A FAN.?.

 

 

 

 

(Video Link)

THE FAN.

Simple in design… and a breeze to use.!.

…the FAN comes with a wide range of functions, particularly in times of yore.

 

Obvious personal cooling and insect deterrent.

Kitchen aid to aerate and cool foods/ingredients.

Grain screening/sorting aid.

Sports/Game Throwing Target and Device.

Theater and Drama, Poetry and Dance prop.

Signalling and refereeing (e.g. …during Battle,..THE WAY OF THE SUMO…).

Social, business and advertising  (…greetings/advertising…)… so on and so forth.

 

A Legend of a Device indeed.

 

The FAN has many Cultural Variants… just like Shiro’s CONDIMENTS OF THE CUPBOARD… LEGENDARY CLICK INDEED HEREIN AND THEREIN IT SEEMS. SLIDE-SHOW. TOP 18. Shiro style.

WHICH FAN… DO I USE TODAY.?.

The size, materials and construction etc differs to suit the application(s).

In the main. Types as follows:

 

GUNSEN 軍扇… bladed War Fan.

TESSEN 鉄扇… a/the Fan.

GUNBAI 軍配… solid open Fan.

 

GUNSEN 軍扇… bladed War Fan. photocredit/thanks:wikimedia

 

TESSEN 鉄扇… a/the Fan. THE FAN… TESSEN. A MIRACLE AID AT TIMES… LIKE WALKING ON WATER, THE RESURRECTION… CLICK TO SEE AND SEARCH WITH Shiro… LEGENDS OF YORE INDEED. SHINOBI STYLE… Shiro… too.

 

GUNBAI 軍配… solid open Fan. photocredit/thanks:wikimedia

 

NOT A FAN OF WINTER.?. TRY Shiro’s… WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN… SLEEP LIKE PHARAOH…DREAM LIKE SHIRO. Shiro’s 9 WINTER WARMERS. PHARAOH’s INCLINE BED. PEEKING THRU PINHOLES. HERBAL HAND, MOUTH & SOCKFULS TOO. TIME TO SWISH OIL & BRUSH MY TEETH…+TONGUE. TWO HANDS BETTER THAN ONE. WINTER WARMERS. TAI CHI?…NO…SHIRO DOES NINCHI. HOT DRINKS,COLD DINNERS. SILVER’s SILVER LINING. Health benefits galore indeed.

 

TESSENJUTSU:

 

A TRAINING FAN… THE TESSEN OF TESSEN JUTSU INDEED. Shiro’s first intro… like many others… to the FAN WAYs… was through such a Training Weapon.

 

Within Shiro’s Training, the FAN is oft taught and discussed along with that of the JUTTE and associated Short Stick Type Weaponry. This is that, mostly contained within the KUKISHINDEN RYU (click) JUTTEJUTSU Ways/Methods etc.

Martial and defence usage to suit the occasion.

 

photocredit/thanks:goodreads

 

Open Fans can cool, hinder, hide, deflect articles thrown or thrust etc….

…or can be thrown and thrusted itself… too.

 

A Swimming Aid/Device… a small Paddle type per se.

Mention too, of Signals, Messages and Codes usages also.

 

 

Closed Fans have a lil’ more overall strength and support for certain applications, Methods and Techniques.

Also be thrown if req.,..

 

Fans make available a somewhat wide range of Methods/Techniques /Ways to deal with incoming attacks and thus self-defend effectively.

Deflections, Weapon or Body Strikes/Thrusts/Parries and so on.

 

 

Will also aid in Finger or Joint Locks, Choke-holds and levered Take-downs where can. Gives a lil’ extra reach vs the unarmed and matches the opponents with Knives and other Shortish Weapons… as well.

Not at all,.. necessarily… a Death dealing destructive device,!.

…to you or oppo.

 

…Can fan off and cool… both of you if need be.!.

Excellent Self-Defence Potential contained therein.

 

…time to… cool off indeed Shiro.!?. TIME TO TRACK DOWN THAT HOT AS… PEDESTAL STANDING… FIRST GODDESS IT SEEMS. THE LEGENDS. HEREIN.

 

(OK… stop fanning Shiro.!. back to the Intel…):

 

Notable Authorities too, are a Fan of the FAN… tis said by such as;

… and according to the KOKUSAI NIPPON BUDO-KAI;.. (click)

 

…Tessenjutsu is defensive in nature and especially useful for disarming and restraining opponents. The Tessen is not only a powerful weapon for Uchiwaza (hitting techniques) and Tsuki- waza (thrusting techniques) but is also very effective for applying pressure to nerve points or for Kansetsuwaza (joint-locking techniques) and Shimewaza (strangulation techniques)…“.

 

…Shiro agrees… too.

 

MAKERS OF THE FAN WAY.

Whilst obviously not overly Labour intensive and so forth;.. the FAN(s) built for WAR AND MARTIAL-ness… were treated no different. Material of good finish and substance were/are integral components for a workable product.

Forces dealt and dealt with could be still strong.

 

Iron and Bamboo the main ingredients.

Forged, Strengthened,.. …Lacquered, Strengthened;.. respectively.

 

The more… IRON + WOOD + LACQUER… the MORE STRENGTH.

Even the PAPER ONES… could be well-lacquered for a bit of sturdiness etc.

 

A FAN IS OFT A LADY KUNOICHI’s CHOICE… FOR FANNING AWAY… FANS OF ILL-REPUTE… AND SO ON… CLICK A FAN WAY TO SEE… AND HEAR… WITH Shiro… LULLABY’s… BY THE LADIES INDEED.

 

…BE A FAN OF THE FAN. SPARE NOT THY BREEZE… HEREIN INDEED. LEGEND. Shiro style MIND mayhem and madness. photocredit/thanks:galleryhip

FANNING SOME MORE OF…

…THE LEGENDs…IN HISTORY.

Ancient and Modern Lineages mentioned in LEGENDS AND such: are the aforementioned (KUKISHINDEN RYU); ECHIGO RYU; MASAKI RYU; MIYAKE SHINGAN RYU; KIRAKU RYU; SHINTO MUSO RYU; IKKAKU RYU; TAKENOUCHI SANTO RYU;  and YAGYU RYU .

Several others have associated Methods and Personnel with cross-over of Tech and Technique(s) for example; the Collection of Olden Police Methods Data-the EDOMACHIGATA JUTTE HOJO ATSUKAIYO incorporates olden historical TESSEN uses/usage and lineages therein as does the TAKEUCHI RYU.

 

…DRAMA… WITH THE WAY OF THE FAN.

 

DEFEATING GIANTS

THE FAN WAY

LEGENDS tell Tales… too,.. of The Monk Warrior;..

…the GIANT of a man SAITŌ no MUSASHIBŌ BENKEI.

 

Tall… he,… not this Tale.

 

BENKEI 武蔵坊弁慶  fanned about as he again faced this much smaller Samurai Warrior…

…holding that infernal,.. flapping… FAN.!.

 

…ON HIS BRIDGE…???… (click)

(…actually GOJO BRIDGE… but at the time… he thought twas…)

…HIS BRIDGE.!.

 

THE BRIDGE… THAT TWAS BENKEI’s… FOR A LIL’ WHILE IT SEEMS… TILL THAT WAS… FANNED AWAY… too. GOJO. THE LEGEND. THE BRIDGE. OF JAPAN. photocredit/thanks:tripadvisor

 

MINAMOTO NO YOSHITSUNE… 源 義経 … (click)

…(…the Warrior… not sure what FAN’s name was.!)

 

His,.. Benkei’s that is;.. All his Weapon and unarmed attacks were pointless… he persisted a lil’.

The FAN… breezily covered every move and then whipped back as sharply indeed. His arms, wrists and hands stung and various other,.. now tender body spots… too.

His energy sapped quickly as he fought, having to deal, defend and counter repeated strikes, pokes and thrusts each time. The FAN WARRIOR was quick and well reflexed,.. smooth. Real smooth.

 

GIANT BENKEI… HOGGING THE BRIDGE… ARE YOU A FAN.?. photocredit/thanks:japanesefinearts

 

Defeated and fanned out maybe,.. though not at all undeterred in Spirit……and later recovered in Body,..

…BENKEI the GIANT continued to Train and became THE WARRIOR OF THE FAN’s Personal Retainer/Assistant.

Sound like… BIG Friends… too… says Shiro.

Training included our subject matter,.. (click)…as well as other Arts, Methods and Techniques taught vis YOSHITSUNE and the TENGU…

…who also taught and mentored many SHINOBI (click).

 

MARTIAL ARTS MAYHEM indeed.

Mixed Martial Art MENTORS it seems.

Our World LEGENDS.

 

(click)

Till death did they part.

At the SIEGE OF KOROMOGAMA.

 

Still,..

LEGENDS. THE FAN WAY.

A LEGEND… too.

 

 

A FAN OF THE FAN IT SEEMS. photocredit/thanks:youtube

 

A BATTLE FAN… SAMURAI… too. photocredit/thanks:archives/gettyimages

 

…ANOTHER WAY and VERSION OF THE BRIDGE and BENKEI… YOSHI. + FAN LEGEND. photocredit/thanks:toshidama

 

THE FAN. THE WAY. JAPAN. photocredit/thanks:wikimedia

 

 

…OR NEED TO HIDE AWAY… O KUNOICHI OF THE TEE… SO GREEN IT SEEMS… LIKE Shiro’s EYES TIS BE… BTW… ONLY SOME 2% HAVE GREEN LIKE S. 2% TIS SEEMS INDEED,.. IN DEED AND IN FACT… too.

 

 

Till next…

 

ARE YOU A FAN OF THE FAN.?. seen the Slide-show.?. Click. Herein. photocredit/thanks:pinterest

 

 

The Great Spears–3 Legends More.

GREAT SPEARS OF Our World LEGENDs… SPEARING YOUR WAY. Spears can be more than just a sharp stick. The 3 great-spears of Japan are bound in the Legends of the Martial Ways. Slide-show, pics, legends and manufacture by black-smiths both ancient and modern all point the way forward herein.

 

THE WAY OF THE SPEAR… YOUR WAY.?.

 SPEARS,.. even

 THE GREAT SPEARS,..

have long been a major part of the JAPANESE MARTIAL TRADITIONS AND WAYS.

Our World Legends as well.

 

As a general WEAPONRY TYPE,..(click)

referred to as THE YARI.

 

 

This LONG-POLE or STICK upgrade is also an invaluable asset to your ARTS OF SELF-DEFENCE.

 YARI …=… 

 

ARTICLE AND BONUS SLIDE-SHOW.

WEAPON INTEL #6a

 

are the LONG POLE WEAPONS…as well as…SOME SPEAR TYPES OF ANCIENT JAPANs MARTIAL WAYS…CLICK PHOTO FOR SOME BASIC SPEAR AND LEGEND MORE. Photo Credit/Thanks:MatthewAsh

 

 

 3 LEGENDS MORE-

 THE 3 GREAT SPEARS

 OF JAPAN.

 

A SPEAR… THE WAY.

 

Amongst the LEGENDS OF THE WAY OF THE SPEAR, there are several that pointedly stand out. A trio of stand-outs have, over time, earned themselves the title of GREATness.

Known collectively as THE THREE GREAT SPEARS OF JAPAN,..

they have become iconic each+all…

representative and symbols of authority of importance, memorial, remembrance and continued future hope. Such designations honor THE SPEAR‘s history and usage in playing it’s part in the nation building of JAPAN.

 

 

LEGENDS indeed and in fact too.

So with no more ado… alphabetically,

introducing… to you;

 

  • NIHONGO
  • OTEGINE

and

  • TONBOGIRI

 

= THE 3 GREAT SPEARS OF JAPAN.

= TENGA SAN MEI SOU  天下三名槍

 

Named as such in the ‘ KYŌHŌ MEIBUTSU CHŌ ‘ , a listing of famous BLADES compiled by the HON’AMI FAMILY circa 1715-25.

This doc., signed off by 本阿弥光忠 HONAMI MITSUTADA;

was compiled at the behest of the then current TOKUGAWA rulers/government via the SHŌGUN YOSHIMUNE 徳川吉宗.

The 享保名物帳 listing details the BLADES considered to be of important historical significance from the HEIAN to YOSHINO periods of JAPANESE HISTORY (app. 800-1400 A.D.).

 

  A TRIO OF GREATness…

 

A LOVINGLY,..

LEGENDARY CRAFTED TRIO BY

藤原正真

MASTER-SMITH MASAZANE FUJIWARA,..

 

in his early career,

an apprentice of  HEIANJÔ NAGAYOSHI 平安城長吉

and later,.. of the

村正  MURAMASA SCHOOL + TRADITION (click).

 

3 LEGENDS MORE

and something to… sing about indeed.

 

THE GREAT SPEAR : 日本号

 NIHONGO.

 

The NIHONGO passed from EMPEROR MASATIAKI TO SHOGUN ASHIKAGA YOSHIAKI TO DAIMYO ODA NOBUNAGA TO D. TOYOTOMI HIDEYOSHI TO D. FUKUSHIMA MASANARI… WHO THEN LOST THIS GREAT SPEAR… IN A DRINKING BET… TO MORI TAHEI… AND THENCE ON TO THE FUKUOKA CITY MUSEUM,.. WHERE IT IS STILL BEING DISPLAYED. THIS TALE IS RETOLD IN THE SONG KURODABUSHI. LEGEND. NIHONGO measured some 7-10 ft. dependent on sections used. BLADE LENGTH app.80cm. Photo Credit/Thanks:samurai-spirits

 

THE GREAT SPEAR : 御手杵

 OTEGINE.

 

The OTEGINE… a LEGEND RESTORED. Unfortunately,.. though somewhat pointedly too, there are some which may well be LEGENDS LOST TO TIME. One YUKI HARUTOMO commissioned the original crafting of this SPEAR… which was later passed TO YUKI HIDEYASU. Beyond this, there is lil in the LEGENDS besides the forlorn though not forgotten after-word… THE GREAT SPEAR OTEGINE was lost during the incessant bombing of TOKYO during the event known as ww2. The above is the now restored copy piece; which is publicly on display at the YUKI-KURABIKAN in the city of YUKI. THE GREAT SPEAR OTEGINE is almost 13 ft in length. BLADE SPIKE LENGTH app 140cm. Photo Credit/Thanks:samurai-spirits

 

THE GREAT SPEAR : 蜻蛉切

 TONBOGIRI.

 

The TONBOGIRI completes this TRIO OF GREAT SPEARS created and crafted by the JAPANESE MASTER BLADE-SMITH MASAZANE FUJIWARA. This weapon is currently privately owned it’s LEGENDS and DISPLAY are not for… legendary display. A replica is to be found in the displays of the IEYASU and MIWA BUSHI MUSEUM. THE GREAT SPEAR TONBOGIRI is an elegant and streamlined in nature. The BLADE is comparatively smaller than the previous two which may indicate a more Ceremonial use though its nick-name is just as Martial oriented. Oft referred to and termed as the DRAGON-FLY CUTTING SPEAR, an obvious ref to the bladed keen nature. TONBOGIRI has a BLADE LENGTH app 40cm… whilst the section measurements range indicates a probable full length of some 10-14 ft. This was also at times converted to a hand-spear app 3 ft long,.. as the owner aged. Photo Credit/Thanks:samurai-spirits

 

 

  A LEGENDARY BLADE-SMITH.

 TRAVELS + TRIALS

 BY FIRE INDEED.

 

EXCUSE ME SIR…YOUR SWORD IS ON FIRE.!. MANY FINE WEAPONS + co… HAVE GONE UP IN SMOKE INDEED IT SEEMS. UGH… WE HAVE EVEN… SET THIS TOWN ON FIRE… CLICK PHOTO TO SOOTHE THAT BURNING SENSATION OF KNOWLEDGE ALIGHTING INDEED.

 

The LEGENDS and chronicles make clear that many many WEAPONS of fine manufacture and historical importance have been lost over the ages.

Mostly, BY FIRE.

Some 75+ are noted in the document ” KYOHO… ” alone (click). A large number of these may well have been over 1000 years old as this record only contains olden weaponry documentation.

 

 

gifcredit/thanks:giphy SO…SOME BLACKSMITHING REQUIRED… HEREIN… need 9 UNIQUE WEAPONS… CLICK PHOTO TO UNVEIL UNIQUE WEAPONRY SLIDE-SHOW INDEED.

 

BLADE-SMITH MASAZANE was oft recorded as travelling to and from such as NARA and KYOTO and along the JAP. eastern side from YOSHIDA to ODAWARA and EDO.

He originally appears to be a student of the EISHO MASTER-SMITH HEIANJÔ NAGAYOSHI 平安城長吉 who is also recorded in the LEGENDS + etc as a co-traveller and fellow craftsman.

When in the ISE province they worked together with MASTER-SMITH MURAMASA 村正 .

 

photocredit/thanks:znaj BLADE-WORK BY MURAMASA… SWORD–MAKER… CLICK PHOTO FOR MORE ON such SMITHING LEGENDS INDEED.

 

The SWORD-WORK of the MASTER-SMITHS has also long been appreciated.

A ruler of the near coast-based Castle YOSHIDA,

酒井忠次 SAKAI TADATSUGU 1527-96; who was one of the FOUR TOKUGAWA GUARDIANS 徳川四天王 , certainly agreed.

Crossing the path of a WILD BOAR, the Castellan had occasion to unveil, unleash and ultimately, use his latest useful MASAZANE creation. Indeed… and in fact too.

So these LEGENDS say.

 

STOPPED IN TIME… DONE.

 

The BLADE was indeed worked well and…

worked well on the Boar… as well.

Good work indeed.

 

Done well,?. yes please.!.

 

WILD BOAR… SLICED AND ROASTED INDEED IT SEEMS. MASAZANE STYLE.

 

In a show of appreciation the Castle Chief had the BLADE renamed “ INOKIRI “… = the Boar Cutter of MASAZANE.

This Title was then engraved/inlayed on the BLADE-TANG in commemoration 猪切 .

 

BLADE-WORK BY MASAZANE. THE BOAR-CUTTER SWORD INOKIRI 猪切 PhotoCredit/Thanks:marcussesko

 

SPEARING A CLOSE UP …THE GREAT SPEAR TONBOGIRI BY MASAZANE. Photo Credit/Thanks:marcussesko

 

  REF-NOTE:

For those with an interest…

A modern reprint of THE KYŌHŌ MEIBUTSU CHŌ can be found in TŌKEN MEIBUTSU CHŌ 刀剣名物帳  by TSUJIMOTO TADAO, 1970.

 

Also of note:

 

The reproduction of ancient metal forging and makes, continues to fascinate and interest many. There are some who go even deeper into the methods and ways of this ancient ART.

One such is SWORD-SMITH KUNIMASA of HYUGA city.

He is a Traditional taught SMITH, now working in MIYAZAKI, JAPAN.

 

MASTER-SMITH KUNIMASA… Photo Credit/Thanks:ichiro matsuba kunimasa

 

The pieces he creates  are oft masterful, especially in regards to the looks of the HAMON in which he accentuates with a cloves and cherry blossom type theme and display. This he says,.. (click)…

is a dedication to both old and new… his mentor…

MASTER-SMITH KOBAYASHI and the

LEGENDARY MAKER NAGAYOSHI (mentioned earlier = co-traveller MASAZANE…).

Please feel free to visit his site linked above to view and read more on this matter indeed. LEGEND.

 

SPEAR WAYS…ALL OVER THE WAYS INDEED. LEGEND.

 

  BONUS SLIDE-SHOW : A

SIX+ PACK OF SPEARS.

 

TYPES CURVED,..STRAIGHT,

SHAPED + THRICE GREAT.

 

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gifcredit/thanks:theultralinx BUSHI… IN THE WIND AND WAY OF THE NAGINATA, THE CURVED SPEAR OF LEGEND AND TRADITION.

 

 

Hanzo Hattori. Our World Legends. The Slide-show. His Spear… broken… Herein. PhotoCredit/Thanks:Worldantiques