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Updated: 20 Jul 2024

Echizen no Kami Sukehiro
越前守助広

Hello, world. Welcome to Samurai Museum Shop. Thank you for finding our website. In this post, we would like to introduce one of the prominent Japanese swordsmiths. We hope you will enjoy reading this post. 

Echizen no Kami Sukehiro (越前守助広) was one of Osaka’s most skilled and influential swordsmiths in the early Edo period (Mid-Late 17th century), following Awataguchi Tadatsuna and Inoue Shinkai. These three sword makers are called Sanketsu of *Osaka Shinto. The maker’s name Sukehiro lasted three generations, and this blade was made by the second generation. His birth name was Jin no Jyo (甚之丞). 

 Sukehiro was born in 1637 in Settsu province (Today’s Osaka prefecture) as the son of the first-gen Sukehiro, who was also known as Soboro Sukehiro. 

The second-gen Sukehiro learned sword-forging techniques from his father. He became an independent swordsmith and took over his father’s school in 1655 when his father died. He received the honorable title of Echizen no Kami in 1658 for his superb craftsmanship and started to serve Aoyama Munetoshi, who was one of the officials for Osaka castle. It is said that he created about 1670 blades in his career. He kept forging blades until he died at the age of 46 years old (1682). 

 He invented a very particular Hamon (tempering line) called Toran Midareba (濤瀾乱刃). He became extremely popular in Osaka city, and his fame became nationwide. 

 

 We hope you enjoyed reading this post. If you are interested in checking his work, we happen to acquire an antique Wakizashi signed by him. More information is available by clicking the image below.

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