Newly Forged Katana by Sukemitsu
Mori Sukemitsu, whose real name is Mori Mitsuhide, was born on December 31, 1982. In 1998, while still in high school, he became an apprentice of Takamitsu Yokoi, a master swordsmith in Okayama Prefecture, and after seven years of apprenticeship, he was certified as a swordsmith. In 2007 and 2008, he won an Honorable Mention at the Tanto Exhibition for two consecutive years.
However, in order to earn a living, he enlisted in the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in 2008. Although he was active in the Self-Defense Forces, his passion for swordsmithing remained strong, and in 2015 he was discharged from the Self-Defense Forces and resumed swordsmithing in Osafune-cho, Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture, where he is now working as an independent swordsmith. Although he was discharged from the Self-Defense Forces, he is still engaged in the defense of Japan as a reserve Self-Defense Force officer.
He is a very serious and sincere swordsmith with a passion for research who won the Effort Award at the 2021 Exhibition of Contemporary Swordsmanship organized by the Association for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords. While making traditional Osafune art swords, he also specializes in swords for Japanese martial arts, and is a popular swordsmith who was introduced in "Iaido Tora no Maki 2020," a favorite book of iaido practitioners.
Swordsmith name: Osafune Sukemitsu
Real name: Mitsuhiro Mori
Birth year: 1982