Great Japanese Wakizashi made by Hirokuni Hiroki his teacher whas Masamine Sumiya, a human national treasure NBTHK Hozon.


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Hiroki Hirokuni, a name that resonates through the annals of history, was a masterful swordsmith hailing from the Sagami province. His hands, skilled and precise, breathed life into blades that would become legends. The forge’s heat danced around him as he meticulously shaped each piece of steel, infusing it with purpose and destiny. In the quiet of his workshop, Hiroki Hirokuni would labor tirelessly, drawing inspiration from the whispers of ancient tales and the echoes of battles fought. His swords were more than mere weapons; they were extensions of the warriors who wielded them. Each curve, each ripple in the blade held a story—a lineage of honor, sacrifice, and valor. The villagers spoke of him in hushed tones, revering his craft as if it were magic. His swords adorned the belts of samurai, their polished surfaces reflecting the sun’s rays like liquid silver. And when drawn, they sang—a harmonious melody that echoed the spirit of the warrior. But Hiroki Hirokuni was more than a craftsman; he was a keeper of secrets. Legends whispered that he had forged a blade so sharp it could slice through the fabric of reality itself. Others claimed he had imbued his creations with the essence of the elements—the wind’s swift grace, the earth’s unwavering strength, the fire’s unyielding passion. As the seasons changed, so did Hiroki Hirokuni’s work. Spring brought forth blades adorned with delicate cherry blossoms etched into the steel. Summer saw him crafting katana that shimmered like the sun on a clear day. Autumn witnessed the birth of wakizashi, their handles wrapped in crimson silk. And in winter, he forged tantō—short, lethal knives that whispered promises of swift justice. His legacy extended beyond the physical realm. Hiroki Hirokuni’s swords were coveted heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation. They were symbols of lineage, tokens of loyalty, and guardians of honor. Warriors would touch the cold metal and feel the weight of centuries—the battles won, the lives lost, the code of bushido etched into their very essence. And so, in the heart of Sagami province, Hiroki Hirokuni continued his timeless dance with fire and steel. His name echoed through time, a testament to craftsmanship, dedication, and the unbreakable bond between a swordsmith and his creations. May his blades forever sing in the hands of those who seek justice.  In 1973, a swordsmith was opened in Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture. In 1996, it was certified as Mukansa by the NBTHK. He is good at copying Aoe after repeating his own research on ground iron. He passed away in May 2013 at the age of 65 after exhibiting at the 4th Tobunkyo New Japanese Sword Exhibition. Length of the blade 33 cm Sori 0.4 cm Width of the hamachi 3.2 cm Kasane Motoshige 5.5mm eye nail hole Mekugi 3 Jidai Heisei era 1995 Country Kanagawa.
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