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About the Blade
Swordsmith
Tousaburou Yukimitsu (藤三郎行光)
Forge Date
Kamakura period
Inscription
行光
Yukimitsu
Current Sword Length
25.4cm
Current Blade Hamon (Historical)
?
Sheath
Current Location
Private collection
Public Viewing
No
Blade Appearance
History
  • Once an Oda Nobunaga sword, Fudou Yukimitsu was passed to his loyal attendant, Mori Ranmaru. However, the sword was burnt during the Honnouji Incident (Honnouji no Hen 本能寺の変) and later reforged.
  • According to the legends, Ranmaru was holding onto the blade while Nobunaga was in the bathroom. He idly counted the number of the bindings on the handle. Then one day, Nobunaga called up his attendants and told them he would give the blade to whoever can guess the number of bindings of the sword. Ranmaru was the only one who didn't answer. When asked why, he replied that it was because he already knew and it wouldn't be fair to the others. For his honesty, Nobunaga handed him the blade.
  • Fudou Yukimitsu is one of Oda Nobunaga's beloved sword. One night, when Oda Nobunaga was drunk, he sang "Fudou Yukimitsu, Tsukumogami, Hito ni wa Gorou Saemon no Jyou!" while clapping his knees.
  • Referring to Niwa Nagahide, he held the post of Saemon no Jyou during Oda Nobunaga's time.
Miscellaneous
  • The name Fudou Yukimitsu came about from the carving on the sword which has the symbol of Fudou Myouou (不動明王) and his followers Kongara Douji (矜羯羅童子) and Seitaka Douji (制多迦童子).

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