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About the Blade
Swordsmith
Sadamune (貞宗)
Forge Date
Late Kamakura period (14th century)
Inscription
None
Current Sword Length
33.18cm
Current Blade Hamon (Historical)
?
Sheath
?
Current Location
Tokugawa Art Museum, Nagoya, Aichi
Public Viewing
– The Suiboku Museum (Toyama), July 7 - August 20, 2017
(Past exhibitions: July 14 - August 9, 2016)
Blade Appearance
History
  • It is said that whenever Tokugawa Ieyasu went into battle while carrying this short sword, he would reap great success, as such it was named “Monoyoshi" ("good thing"/"object of fortune").
  • After Ieyasu’s death, his huge inheritance was split between the three Tokugawa families and several others. This wakizashi, being especially valuable, would be expected to be passed on to the second generation through Hidetada. However, according to records, Kame, the concubine who Ieyasu loved in his final years, despite knowing that the masterpiece sword should be handed down to Hidetada, secretly took the blade and gave it to her son Yoshinao (descended from the Owari branch of the Tokugawa clan) before the inheritance was divided up.
Miscellaneous
  • Although the length of the blade would make it a Tantou, the Tokugawa Art Museum categorizes it as a Wakizashi.

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