The tale of the Forty-seven Ronin, also known as the Forty-seven Samurai, the Ak vendetta, or the Genroku Ak incident took place in Japan at the start of the eighteenth century. The tale has been described by one noted Japanese scholar as the country’s “national legend.” It recounts the most famous case involving the samurai code of honor, bushid.
The story tells of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (becoming ronin) after their daimyo (feudal lord) was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka. The ronin avenged their master’s honor after patiently waiting and planning for over a year to kill Kira. In turn, the ronin were themselves forced to commit seppuku for committing the crime of murder. With much embellishment, this true story was popularized in Japanese culture as emblematic of the loyalty, sacrifice, persistence, and honor that all good people should preserve in their daily lives. The popularity of the almost mythical tale was only enhanced by rapid modernization during the Meiji era of Japanese history, when it is suggested many people in Japan longed for a return to their cultural roots.
Ryumon has produced the 47 Ronin katana to commemorate this story of Lord Asano and his 47 Ronin.
Ryumon 47 Ronin Katana Features:
- Hand forged 1095 high carbon steel blade
- Hand sharpened
- Blackened copper 47 Ronin themed tsuba
- Rayskin and black cotton tsuka ito
- Blackened copper fuchi/kashira
- Black lacquered wood saya
- Fully functional
- Comes with sword bag, maintenance kit, reference guide and certificate
- Blade: 28″
- Handle: 10 1/2″
- Overall: 39″
- Weight: 2.3 Lbs