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Monday, 26 September 2011

Honjo Masamune : The legendary Japanese Sword

The Honjo Masamune is a ritually forged, ancient Japanese katana with a blade so perfectly balanced and aligned that it splits light, rendering its wielder invisible.



• The sword was forged by Gorō Nyūdō Masamune, and is said to have kept the ruling shogunate in power for hundreds of years by making them invincible in battle.
• Artie claims that the beauty of the sword rests not in its appearance, but in the way was originally forged. He waxes poetic when he says "it was a hammered and folded blade, with millions of layers of steel and a carbon content that's right off the charts. And each layer only atoms – atoms thick."
• It was lost in history and the incomplete blade was rediscovered at a dig site in Okinawa, Japan in 2009.
• The blade is so perfectly forged that its balanced and alignment make it possible for light to split in its path and go around the person holding it, rendering them invisible if the blade is held point up and directly in front of them.

• The idea of bending light was originally proposed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1704 at the end of his treatise on the nature of optics. Little was done with the idea until it was revived in 1911 by Albert Einstein when he wrote "On the Influence of Gravitation on the Propagation of Light" and which he continued to refine and correct into more a elegant theory through 1915 when he completed his general theory of relativity.


• The Honjo Masamune is one of the most controversial and important swords of Japan its current ware about are not known to anybody.

Here are some original pictures of the blade of Honjo Masamune



Undoubtedly the HONJO MASAMUNE is one of the most powerful, important and a legendary sword, such a sword could not be produced again, the skill and art used to produce such a wonderful sword is lost somewhere in history. It is a really amazing sword with amazing properties forged with amazing science, tradition and workmanship...

11 comments:

  1. Hello All,

    Japanese swords are hand made with the highest standards, giving you the utmost feel of quality, durability and strength. It is the goal of the Imperial Forge to exceed the expectations of martial artistes for strength, cutting power, and most importantly, craftsmanship. Each sword blade is individual hand forged with a hand held hammer, clay tempered, heat treated, quenched and then polished by skilled hands creating a true battle ready sword. This is a really informative post. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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  2. This post has a few mistakes. For one, the Honjo Masamune is not a katana. It is a tachi, the predecessor of the katana. What really upsets me is that you posted pictures of other swords claiming that they're Honjo Masamune, whereas the only actual picture is the third. Being a tachi, it will always be mounted cutting-edge up, and it's curve starts more torwards the hilt, where katanas curve more torwards the tip.

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    1. Shikyo Takate,
      Saw your post, have 30 years in law enforcement, 34 years in Martial Arts-Shihan, would love to use my expertise in investigations to locate the Honjo Masamune and return it back to Japan. Let's work on this puzzle together. Domo Arigato

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  3. and for crying out loud, it won't make you invisible. The most it could do is reflect light into your opponent's eyes temporarily blinding them. It doesn't matter how perfect a sword is, it can't make you invisible by natural means. Besides, becoming invisible is a rather sneaky technique, something a honor bound samurai wouldn't approve of.

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  4. Sure the Honjo Masamune will make you invisible! I'll lob off your head and you'll never see me again.
    HAhaha! Look at Honjo Masamune on you tube.

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  5. The honjo masamune has been found but the owner has not come forward because of the controversy surrounding this once prized possession of the shogun. The blade has a scar in the blood grove from a famous battle but the chips in the hamon were polished out by a master sword polisher. The menuki is of the uncut leaf and fish from the legend of the river test, where the masamune was good but the pupils blade evil. The O-Tachi was cut to a Tachi- Katana which left it mumei. The tsuba is of an ancient prayer with a lotus motif and a hollyhock eyelet in the tsuba. A soldier of the 7th cav. brought it back to Ohio and has since passed away where it was purchased from his estate. The blade is unimpressive to the eye, there is really nothing extravagant about the hamon. This sword was obviously a prayer symbol and was for display and ceremony.

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    1. Since when...????? Please provide the info, correct name of the soldier, date of death, etc...

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  6. Just saw program in OZ: "Myth Hunters - The Lost Sword of the Samurai" [SBS 1, 19.01.14]. No one knows the whereabouts of the Honjo Masamune because all the 'experts' are erroneous in how they have been trying to identify the Sergeant. Yes, the Japanese transliteration is a garbled - but yet somewhat apt phonetic - rendering of the identity of the Sergeant whom collected the Swords. Japanese / American Antiquity and Museum authorities should not be looking Sergeant Coldy Bimore, but instead - SERGEANT GOLDIN/G from BALTIMORE! Best of luck.

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    1. How did you come up with that name? Love to learn some more info.
      Thanks

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  7. I think I read somewhere that Coldy Bimore was what was written down when the Sergeant replied to a crudely translated question, "What are you called?" He answered, "I'm called D. B. Moore."
    There's a Tech Sergeant buried in Georgia by that name and worked in the capacity of collecting swords from the Japanese police stations to return them to their rightful owners or museums if they were determined to be of historical significance.

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