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Masatsugu Masterpiece with Horimono by Yoshitane (66cm / 26
 
 
"MASATSUGU" WAS  (THERE WERE ONLY TWO OTHERS) GRANTED THE PRIVILEGE OF USING THE TITLE "SUISHINSEI" BY "MASAHIDE I". THIS WAS OF COURSE DUE TO MASAHIDE'S RESPECT FOR HIS SKILL, AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A SWORD MAKER. IT IS QUITE APPARENT THAT "TAIKEI NAOTANE" SHARED HIS FATHER'S ( MASAHIDE I ) RESPECT FOR MASATSUGU, BOTH AS A SWORD MAKER, AND AS A PERSON. "NAOTANE ENCOURAGED" THE MARRIAGE OF HIS DAUGHTER, TO MASATSUGU. THEY HAD A SON NAMED "HIDEYO", WHO ALSO BECAME AN ACCOMPLISHED SWORD SMITH. HE IS KNOWN AS THE THIRD GENERATION OF "SUISHINSEI MASAHIDE". WHEN SERVING AS A BUDDHIST MONK HE MADE SWORDS USING HIS BIRTH NAME. MASATSUGU CHOSE NEVER TO SIGN AS THIRD GENERATION MASAHIDE. THIS WAS PERHAPS DUE TO THE FACT THAT HE WAS BESTOWED WITH THE TITLE OF "SUISHINSEI", IN CONJUNCTION WITH HIS OWN NAME OF "MASATSUGU", AND WAS WELL KNOWN FOR HIS SKILL EARLY IN HIS CAREER. THIS BLADE'S HADA IS MOKUME (BURL WOOD), WITH ITAME (REGULAR WOOD), IT CHANGES TO MASAME (STRAIGHT GRAIN) ABOVE THE SHINOJI. IT HAS A DARKER GRAY APPEARANCE, AND A SMOOTH TEXTURE. THIS COMBINED WITH BRIGHT FINE NIOI, GIVES HIS WORK A BEAUTIFUL DISTINCTIVE CONTRAST.

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 "MAGOROKU KANEMOTO", LIVED BEFORE (MANY TEXT'S LIST HIM AS "MEI-O, 1492 AD")
 AND AFTER THE "TAI-EI" 1521 AD. PERIOD (AVERAGE WORKING DATE). HE IS WORLD
 FAMOUS FOR  PRODUCING THE "SHARPEST JAPANESE BLADE'S", THAT WERE EVER MADE
 (ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD)! TANTO'S ARE THE MOST SELDOM ENCOUNTERED OF ALL
 HIS BLADES! THIS WAS A TIME OF MUCH SOCIAL UNREST, TURMOIL, AND FREQUENT
 VIOLENT CONFLICTS. HENCE THE GREAT DEMAND, AND NEED FOR BLADES WITH
 SUPERIOR CUTTING ABILITY WAS PARAMOUNT. KANEMOTO 2nd. DESCENDED FROM A
 LINE OF KAJI (SWORD MAKERS) THAT WAS WELL KNOWN FOR PRODUCING BLADES OF
 SUPREME SHARPNESS. "KANEMUNE" (MAGOROKU'S GRANDFATHER ) WAS THE FIRST OF
 HIS MON (SCHOOL) TO DEVELOP THE SECRET TECHNIQUES THAT RESULTED IT THE
 MAKING OF BLADES OF SUPREME SHARPNESS. HIS WORKS ARE RATED "SAIJO O-WAZAMONO", 
 MEANING; ULTIMATE BEST SHARPNESS (AS ARE HIS GRANDSON'S) THIS IS THE "HIGHEST
 POSSIBLE" RATING. IT IS SAID (BY SOME) THAT HE WAS ALSO CALLED MAGOROKU"?
 

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THE BLADE WAS PRODUCED IN HIZEN PROVENCE, BY 1st. GENERATION MASAHIRO, C - 1624 AD. HE WAS A CONTEMPORARY OF HIZEN TADAHIRO, AND ONE OF THE FINEST MAKERS OF THE TADAYOSHI SCHOOL, BOTH HE AND TADAHIRO WERE SWORD MAKERS TO THE FAMOUS "NABESHIMA DAIMYO".  HE IS RATED "UPPER CLASS" (JO - SAKU). THE FIRST NAME HE USED AS A SWORD SMITH, WAS "MASANAGA", HIS GIVEN NAME WAS "SADENJIRO", HE RECEIVED THIS FROM HIS FATHER "YOSHINOBU".  HIS RATHER SHORT, BUT PROLIFIC CAREER ENDED IN KAN-BUN THE 5th. YEAR, OR 1665 AD., AT THE AGE OF "59" YEARS. HIS WORKS ARE SELDOM SEEN, AND QUITE SCARCE. THIS IS THE ONLY "TANTO" THAT WE  HAVE EVER OWNED! IT IS OBVIOUS FROM THE HABAKI, THAT IT WAS A TREASURE OF THE "NABESHIMA" FAMILY.

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