Fujiwara Ason Muramasa

Item# KATA001

Product Description

Muramasa, Hamon (pattern of the temper line of a blade): Go-no Me Midare/Hiiri/Blade: 73 cm (28.7)/Sori (curvature): 6 bu (1.8 cm, 0.7")/Weight (without scabbard): 910 g, 2 pounds/Tsukamaki (hilt wrapping): Black cotton nenshi hineri-maki on ray skin/Saya (scabbad): Ishime-nuri koiguchi fuji-maki/Size of Tsuka (Handle): 8 sun (24 cm, 9.4")/Kanagu (metal fittings): Karakusa moyo (copper)

Muramasa was a famous swordmaker who founded the Muramasa School and lived during the Muromachi-era (16th century) in Japan. Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook said that Muramasa "was a most skillful smith but a violent and ill-balanced mind verging on madness, that was supposed to have passed into his blades....They were popularly believed to hunger for blood and to impel their warrior to commit murder or suicide."

The school of the sword-made at Ise province, they were famous for the extraordinary sharpness of their blades. The earliest known work of the school is dated 1501. The Muramasa School continued into the late 1500s. It's believed that Muramasa was a student of Heianjo Nagayoshi, a prominent Kyoto sword maker known for spears and engravings.

Muramasa's swords fell out of favor with the Japanese government when Tokugawa Leyasu became shogun, establishing the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1603. It is said that Leyasu had lost many friends and relatives to Muramasa blades and had cut himself badly with one, so he forbade his samurai to wear blades made by Muramasa. This contributed even more to the Muramasa legend and led to many plays and dramas in Japanese literature featuring the blades. Due to the stigma attached to them, many Muramasa blades had their signature changed or removed. Since opponents of the Tokugawa Shoguns would often wish to acquire Muramasa blades, forgeries of Muramasa blades were also often made.

The swords of Muramasa are often contrasted with those of Masamune, another Japanese swordmaker.There is a legend of a Masamune blade and a Muramasa blade being put into a river strewn with lotus leaves. The leaves swirled around the Masamune blade untouched, but the Muramasa blade cut them.It has also been told that once drawn, a Muramasa blade has to draw blood before it can be returned to its scabbard, even to the point of forcing its wielder to wound himself or commit suicide. Thus, it is thought of as a demonic cursed blade that creates bloodlust in those who wield it.


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