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Fujiwara Yoshiaki (Kato Kiyoshi)
Sword-smith “Katō Kiyoshi” is very known for his “Katō” kitchen knives.
He also made a one of the kind Tamahagene kamisori!
“Kanekuni” – “Kiyoshi Katō” – Tamahagene Watetsu kamisori – 50mm (japanesenaturalstones.com)
“Katō Kiyoshi” “Kanekuni saku”
→ 昭和丙午 = 昭和 (Showa) 41 = 1966
昭和 = Showa era
丙午 = Zodiac sign = “Hinoe-Uma” (the ‘Fire Horse’)
During Showa era “Hinoe-Uma” was in 1966
(丙午 = 43th year of the 60 year cycle which started in 1924 (= “year 1”)
→ 十月日= October
In Japan, this Zodiac system is know as Jikkan Jûnishi 十干十二支, also called
Eto えと. Jikkan-jûnishi literally means ten stems and twelve branches.
This calendar is also known in modern times as Kanshi 干支.
(jssus.org/nkp/kanshi, spirituality.jp, seiyaku.com/reference/hinoe-uma)
“Katō Kiyoshi” = “Katō Kanekuni” = “Yoshiaki Fujiwara“
“Katō Kiyoshi” (加藤清志), born 1944, Tōkyō, began his swordsmith training
in 1964 (1965) under his grandfather Katō Kanekuni (加藤兼国) and his father
Katō Sanehira (加藤真平), and is currently a licensed sword smith (1999).
His two brothers were Sanekuni (真国) and Sukekuni (祐国) and together
they are also called “the three Katō brothers”
His former smith name was “Yoshiaki” (良明)
He now uses his incredible collection of very old, and difficult to
obtain, Tamahagane steels to form his own sword masterpieces.
He entered the field of knife making in 1977 by creating his first
hunting and kitchen knives, and currently makes knives in his new
Hokuto City workshop, found in the Yamanashi Prefecture.