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About the Blade
Swordsmith
Sadamune (貞宗)
Forge Date
Late Kamakura Period (14th century)
Inscription
None
Current Sword Length
70.9cm
Current Blade Hamon (Historical)
Midare (wavy)
Sheath
?
Current Location
Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo
Public Viewing
Yes
- Tokyo National Museum, August 23, 2016 - November 13, 2016
- Tokyo National Museum, January 30, 2018 - February 25, 2018
Blade Appearance
History
  • Originally a tachi, then shortened into an uchigatana.
  • Was said to belong to Akechi Mitsuhide before being wielded by Yuuki Hideyasu's young son, Matsudaira Naomasa (i.e. Ieyasu's grandson), at the siege of Osaka. After his death, it was sold outside the Tokugawa/Matsudaira clans, but was eventually bought back by the Tokugawa.
Miscellaneous
  • His name, Kikkou ("tortoise shell"), refers to the engraving on the tang of a chrysanthemum inside a hexagon, bearing resemblance to a tortoise's shell

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