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Kiri is based off the well-known sword of Date Masamune, Shokudaikiri Mitsutada. As Masamune was very famous for killing a vassal and chopping either a candlestick or a bronze candlestick holder, the name Shokudaikiri literally means Candle Cutter/Candle Slasher. Shokudaikiri Mitsutada was forged by Bizen Osafune Mitsutada, the founder of the Osafune School, in 1238 C.E. From there it was given to Oda Nobunaga, to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and then to Masamune. It continued into the Tokugawa family from there and into the Mito Tokugawa, a branch family. Mitsutada was lost in the Great Kanto Earthquake on September 1, 1923 and was recently found again last year. The sword is 66.75 cm.
Date Masamune (September 5, 1567 – June 27, 1636) was a regional strongman of Japan's Azuchi-Momoyama period through early Edo period. Heir to a long line of powerful daimyo in the Tōhoku region, he went on to found the modern-day city of Sendai. An outstanding tactician, he was made all the more iconic for his missing eye, and Date was often called dokuganryū, or the "one-eyed dragon".