Tanto: Mutsu No Kami Daido

Jidai:    Late Koto

Mino School  

This sword is by the Shodai Daido from the Mino School. Probably most of you are not familiar with this smith, but he is regarded as quite a good maker, and is very important historically. He worked in the very late Muromachi-Keicho period, and is from the Mino tradition. By judging from the hamon, it is apparent that this is a sword from the Mino tradition. If you noticed the activity in the hamon as well as the ji, you should have placed this sword in or around the late Koto period. After noticing the well made jigane, you should have seen the ji-nie and chikei that appears in the ji. This should have hinted to you that this sword was made by a higher than average Mino smith. The hamon is done in the Shizu style, copying that of the famous Shizu School from the Nanbokucho period. Nie-deki Gunome with some Togari-ba is a trait of the Mino School.

Mixed with a little Notare-ba, the “feeling” is like of the Ujifusa style of hamon. Early name is Kanemichi, changed to “O”Kanemichi when he received the “O” or “Dai” kanji from the Emperor Ogimachi. Later he called himself “Daido” and then received the title of “Mutsu No Kami” in Tensho 2. It is also believed that he was the personal swordsmith to Oda Nobunaga and the fact that he moved to Kyoto at the same time Nobunaga established his residence in Kyoto seems to support this idea. There are Juyo-Token by him, as well as joint effort works with Horikawa Kunihiro.

Rated as a Jo-saku smith, he trained many famous swordsmiths, many of which were his own sons. When you read the names of his sons, you will realize what a great smith Daido really was;

           1st son: Iga No Kami Kinmichi

           2nd son: Izumi No Kami Rai Kinmichi

            3rd son: Tamba No Kami Yoshimichi

            4th son: Etchu No Kami Masatoshi

As you can see from the list, the very core of the Shinto Mishina School came from Daido. By seeing Daido’s past achievements, one can see how he was a “pioneer” in the early days of the Shinto period.

Accompanied by a NTHK Kanteisho as genuine







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