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About the Blade
Swordsmith
Awataguchi Yoshimitsu (粟田口吉光)
Forge Date
Kamakura period (13th century)
Inscription
吉光
Yoshimitsu
Current Sword Length
27.7cm
Current Blade Hamon (Historical)
?
Sheath
?
Current Location
Tokugawa Art Museum, Nagoya, Aichi
Public Viewing
Yes
Blade Appearance
History
  • He was named after his previous owner, Gotou Shousaburou Mitsutsugu.
    • The Gotou Shousaburou family was the holder of the title okane-aratame-yaku (money inspector) during Edo period and was in control of the kinza (Edo period gold mine).
  • According to Tokugawa Jikki (The True Tokugawa Records), it was presented (to the clan) on 28th August of 1629 together with a tachi crafted by Nagamitsu of Osafune school and a Samonji sword.
  • On 28th September of 1639, it was presented as a congratulatory gift during the marriage of Iemitsu's eldest daughter, Chiyohime, to the 2nd Head of Tokugawa Owari branch, Mitsutomo.
    • Samidare Gou and Koudzuke Sadamune were also presented together with Gotou.
  • Ever since then, he'd become one of the clan's treasures.
Miscellaneous
  • His crest is most probably referring to Gotou Shousaburou family's status as a money manager.

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