BLACKSMITH PROFILE
TANAKA GOROJI    
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Aoi
Sokon
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Aoi
Masanobu
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Hidari
Kunihide
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Hidari
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Aoi Sakon, hand
forged by Tanaka
Goroji circa
1940's-1950's is
marked down the
center
AOI SOKON
(reference to
historical figure or
samuri),
and marked
to the left
GORO
KINSEI
(made by
Goro) and to the
upper right is the
makers logo.
Tanaka Goroji was
born in Yoita, Niigata
Prefecture sometime in
the early years of the
20th century the blade
pictured was made by
him in the 1940's or
1950's. There is not
very much information
about this blacksmith
now but his son also
was a smith in Yoita.
TANAKA SHOGO
Tanaka Shogo, son of Goroji
was born 1930, passed away in
2002. He was the second
generation kanna maker in the
Tanaka Yoita clan. Shogo was
known for using scientific
methods in his production in
conjuction with the traditional
methods learned from his
father. Takaka Shogo's blades
were know for their sharpness.
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