First entry in a while… it’s been too busy for me for the last long while.
Anyway this thought has come up a few times recently and is worth noting and talking about.
When it comes to certain blades with attributions to Masamune, Sadamune, Go Yoshihiro, and other top Soshu makers or makers of similar reputation like the Awataguchi makers… there are some various differences in context based on the age of the attribution and how many layers of attribution we’re considering.
Sometimes the fact that a blade has kinzogan mei can affect how we interpret such a blade in the modern period as well.
I classify these blades as such:
- Used To Be
- Always Was and Still Is