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 Post subject: Okamoto kazumune
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:33 am 
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Can anyone provide me with information about this modern swordsmith from Gifu? i have found out his teachers name was someone called Okubo who passed away about 10 years ago. Does anyone know anything about any such swordsmith or about Okamoto himself? Google hasnt been very helpful.

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 Post subject: Re: Okamoto kazumune
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:04 pm 
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Jeremy -
I did a search for him in Japanese and it seems he has participated in a few of the NBTHK sword-making competitions but not won any big awards. Not much else seemed to be out there, so we will have to wait for Paul to chime in. He will certainly be able to come up with more. In the meantime do you have his teachers full name? in kanji?
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 Post subject: Re: Okamoto kazumune
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:53 pm 
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Probably Okubo Kazuhira, wasn't he featured in the New Generations book? (in library writing a paper, talking off the top of my head).

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 Post subject: Re: Okamoto kazumune
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Thanks guys. did this swordsmith pass away about 10 years ago Paul? Also,on an unrelated subject,is it more common nowadays for swordsmiths to forge their blades in sanmai or kobuse construction?

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 Post subject: Re: Okamoto kazumune
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Hi Jeremy,

I still haven't looked it up, I have just moved and don't have access to all my books. However, to answer your other question, kobuse is the most common construction, but sanmai and other types are still done by depending on the smith.

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 Post subject: Re: Okamoto kazumune
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Thanks Paul. You have been most helpful. If you find out about Okubo, please let me know.

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 Post subject: Re: Okamoto kazumune
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:42 am 
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I recently acquired a sword made by this smith from gifu. can anyone give me any information about him such as his background, rank, who his teacher was etc?? I have tried googling with no luck in finding any information on him. Any info would be great.

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 Post subject: Re: Okamoto kazumune
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I think thats almost what im asking. No sense in asking again.

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 Post subject: Re: Okamoto kazumune
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Try the New Generation of Japanese Swordsmiths book by Tamio san.

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