The Honjo Masamune is a sword that was forged by the renowned Japanese swordsmith, Goro Nyudo Masamune. This samurai sword is one of the most famous swords in Japanese history, and at one point of time, it even became one of the country’s national treasures. After the end of the Second World War, however, this renowned samurai sword disappeared, and its whereabouts remains a mystery, even today.
The Tale of Masamune and Muramasa
Masamune is often regarded as one of Japan’s greatest swordsmiths. While it is unknown when exactly the swordsmith lived and died, it is traditionally believed that he was making most of his swords during the late 13th century AD and the early part of the following century.
Masamune’s character is best seen in a story of Masamune and Muramasa. This tale, which is quite unlikely to have actually taken place, is about a competition between the two swordsmiths to determine which of them was the greater sword-maker.
There are many versions of this tale, though all of them point to the more virtuous character of Masamune and his creations. In one account, the completed swords were suspended over the stream to test their quality. Muramasa’s sword sliced everything that came into contact with it.