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孫六(Magoroku Kanemoto)



Magoroku Kanemoto(孫六兼元) was a swordsmith who worked in Seki-gō, Mugi-gun, Mino Province (美濃国武儀郡関郷, present Seki City, Gifu Prefecture岐阜県関市) during the late Muromachi period(室町後期). The name Kanemoto has continued from the Muromachi period through the Edo period to the present day, and the second generation being particularly referred to as "Mago Roku Kanemoto(孫六兼元).” He is also well known as "Seki no Mago Roku(関の孫六).”

It should be noted that Mago Roku is the name of the Kanemoto family's workshop. Later generations of Kanemoto sometimes inscribed their signatures(Mei-kiri) with characters such as "Makoroku."

He is renowned along with Izumi no Kami Kanetada (和泉守兼定,the second generation Kanetada). He was from the Mino San'ami school(美濃三阿弥派). The second generation Kanemoto became famous. And during the Sengoku period, many Shougun such as Takeda Shingen, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Kuroda Nagamasa, Maeda Toshimasa, Maeno Nagayasu, and Aoki Kazushige wielded his swords, which were known for their practicality.

His kitae(forging) exhibits flowing itame hada with a bumpy skin texture, becoming masame in the shinogi-ji area, and turning white.

The hamon, known as "Sanbon-sugi,三本杉" is famous. It refers to a blade pattern where triangular shapes of nie are arranged at regular intervals, resembling cedar trees. This distinctive hamon pattern is widely known as "Seki no Mago Roku Sanbon-sugi." While the hamon pattern of the first generation may be irregular, later generations tend to have a more regular pattern. Furthermore, the hamon of the first and second generations tends to be shallowly hardened, with many instances of unevenness and chipping, resulting in a soft appearance at the edge, whereas in later generations, the hamon becomes more artistic with a tighter edge, albeit with lesser skill. Occasionally, a straight hamon is also seen, often with some pointed shapes inserted. Regardless of the hamon type, the bōshi typically becomes yakidashi with a rounded appearance.


Nagasa 66.9cm

Motohaba 31mm

Sakihaba 23.2mm

Motokasane 7.1mm

Sakikasane 5.2mm



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