Japanese Swords by Kiyota Jirokunietsu

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2007: Sue-Bizen Sukesada Yosozaemon-style short katana

The swordsmith signature Sukesada was used by a considerable number of smith spanning the later part of the Muromachi period (1392-1573) through the first third of the Edo period (1600-1867).

It is generally recognized that Sukesada Yosozaemon is one of the foremost figures of this tradition, having worked towards the end of the Muromachi period. Kiyota has been focussing his research on this group of smiths during the recent years.

This sword was submitted at the 2007 NBTHK sword forging competition and obtained the Doryoku-sho Prize (Effort Endeavour Award), the second for Kiyota.


2006: Sue-Bizen Sukesada-style short katana

This sword was submitted at the 2006 NBTHK sword forging competition and was classified in the Nyu-sen category within the first ten positions.


2004: Sue-Bizen Sukesada-style short katana

This sword was submitted at the 2004 NBTHK sword forging competition and obtained the Doryoku-sho Prize (Effort Endeavour Award), the first for Kiyota.


2004: Tanto – « mamori gatana »

Made for a special exhibition held in 2004 on the theme of the mamori-gatana, or Fortune Heirloom Sword.

Mamori-gatana were traditionally — and still are sometimes — made as an offering to a newborn. They were meant to convey luck and protection in all possible senses. This katana was a collaboration with craftsmen from all fields of the Japanese sword: polisher, habaki collar maker, scabbard maker, lacquerer, handle wrapper.


2000: Tachi with Oshigata

First sword ever made by Kiyota Jirokunietsu in 2000.

An oshigata is a rubbing of a sword tang and contour lines, as is often done on stones and bas-reliefs. It provides important information on the sword’s identity, allows for study, preservation, and knowledge dissemination without having to manipulate the actual sword. Oshigata catalogues were published centuries ago!


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