Chapter 50 is a continued part of 16| Late Kamakura period Tanto (Early Soshu-Den 鎌倉末短刀). Please read Chapter 16 before reading this section.
The circle above indicates the time we discuss in this section.
In 16| Late Kamakura period Tanto (Early Soshu-Den 鎌倉末短刀)Den), a general characteristic of the late Kamakura period Tanto style (early Soshu Den) was described. Next two photos fit in with the typical characteristics of early Soshu Den Tanto.
Goro Nyudo Masamune (五郎入道正宗) was born in Kamakura as a son of Tosaburo Yukimitu (藤三郎行光). Today, Masamune is a very well-known swordsmith even among those who are not very familiar with the Japanese sword. His father Tosaburo Yukimitsu was also one of the top swordsmith among the early Soshu Den. Masamune’s tomb is in Honkaku-JI (本覚寺) Temple near Kamakura train station, approximately a 6 minutes’ walk from the station.
Masamune photo (above) —– Hira-zukuri (flat). Very slightly Sakizori (tip area curves slightly outward). Bo-hi and Tsure-hi (parallel thin groove). Ko-maru Boshi. Itame-hada (wood grain). Hamon is notare (wavy). The illustration above shows Sunagashi and Niju-ba (double hamon) . This type of nakago is called Tanago-bara. Masamune Tanto is often Mu-mei (no signature). This particular Tanto is called Komatsu Masamune (小松政宗). The description of the Sano Museum Catalog stated that connoisseurs in the past had difficulty determining whether this sword had been made by Masamune because of the wide Mihaba with Sori and Hamon is a little different for usual Masamune but by judging from the clear Nie, Chikei, and Kinsuji, this sword should be judged as Masamune.
Enju Photo below
Enju (延寿) group lived Higo (肥後) Province in Kyushu. The characteristic of the Enju group is very similar to that of the Yamashiro Den’s. Because Enju Kunimura was related to Rai Kuniyuki of Yamashiro-Den.
Enju Photo (above) —-Hamon is Hoso-suguha (straight temper line). Boshi is Ko-maru. The front engraving is Suken (left photo) and the engraving on the back is Gomabashi (right photo). Ji-hada is a tight Itame. It is confusing to Kantei (determining who made the sword) a sword like this because this sword is the one from the late Kamakura period, but it does not have the typical early Soshu Den look.
MasamuneTomb in Honkaku-ji Temple
Masamune (正宗) tomb is at Honkakuj-Ji Temple (本覚寺) in Kamakura. Here is a map of Honkakuji temple and Masamune kogei store in Kamakura. This store is owned by Tsunahiro Yamamura who is the 24th generation of Masamune. Honkaku-ji Temple is circled in red and Masamune Kogei store is red circle with X. Both are in approx. a 6 to 7 minutes walking distance from the Kamakura station.
To get to Honkaku-ji Temple from Tokyo
Take Yokosuka line from Tokyo station (approx. one hour) — Get off at Kamakura Station (one stop after Kita-Kamakura) —Exit from the East Exit (front exit) — Go straight and cross the road —Turn right and go up to the post office — Turn left at the post office (Honkaku-Ji sign is at the corner of the post office) — Honkaku-ji Temple is a short distance from the post office.
Honkakuji Temple (本覚寺) and Masamune Tomb (正宗墓 )