Recommended Smiths

Enomoto Sadahito
Craft:  Tosho (swordsmith)
Age:  51 (b. 1954)
Address:  Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Enomoto Sadahito is the son of Enomoto Sadayoshi.  He began training under his father while an elementary student, and became a licensed smith in 1977.  He specializes in the Soshu Den, making swords in the tradition of Masamune and Sadamune.  He also works in the Gassan tradition, making the trademark ayasugi hada.

He uses tamahagane as well as old steel and oroshigane.  He makes swords using the kobuse or makuri construction.  True to the Soshu Den, his hamon is a midare with profuse nie, sunagashi, kinsuji, and other hataraki.

Sadahito was invited to demonstrate his craft in 1998 at the University of Wisconsin Art Facultyˆ‚s Traditional Japanese Metalwork Seminar.  He is currently the President of the Tokai Branch of the National Association of Swordmakers.

Sadahito is a regular entrant in the yearly sword making contests; he has taken the Doryoku Sho, or Effort Award, three times.  He is an up and coming  smith with great potential; surely his future is a bright one.

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Enomoto Tatsuyoshi

Craft:  Tosho (swordsmith)
Age:  54 (b. 1951)
Address:  Nagaizumi City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Tatsuyoshi is the son of Enomoto Sadayoshi.  He began his training as a young boy, cutting charcoal and helping his father in the forge.  He became a licensed smith in 1975.

Tatsuyoshi works mainly in the Soshu tradition, aiming at the works of Masamune, Sadamune, Norishige, Yoshihiro, etc.  He uses mainly tamahagane, and makes blades with the kobuse or san mai construction.  His hamon is, like his brother, an active midare with profuse nie.  Jigane is usually an o-itame with jinei and chikei.

A yearly participant in the NBTHK sword contest, Tatsuyoshi has won numerous awards, including the Effort Award and the Excellence Award.  He was the former President of the Tokai Branch of the National Association of Swordmakers.

A serious craftsman always experimenting to improve his craft, Tatsuyoshi has recently been making blades with a chojiba.  A lot is expected of him in the future.

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