Masamune no Jittetsu

Masamune no jittetsu (正宗の十哲) – The ten Brilliant Disciples of Masamune.

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The Masamune no Jittetsu were already well established swordsmiths who worked in their own tradition as well as studying the techniques of Masamune. There is a legend about Masamune's jittetsu (followers/disciples) that came from the depths of centuries and is known to everyone in Japan now. They were 10 as the saying goes and they studied the art of sword-making with Masamune implementing their own ideas and methods of blade forging. Probably it was one of the first kind of workshops attended not only by beginners, but experienced and well-known sword smiths. The composition of the so-called Masamune’s ten best disciples was determined in different ways at different times and by different specialists. In modern literature, its composition is uniform and includes ten masters. This list did not always consist of ten smiths: sometimes it was supplemented by Kongōbyōe Mortice and, at one time, it did not include Rai Kunitsugu, Naotsuna or Chōgi (Nagayoshi).