I've been trolling these forums for a little while and was hoping someone might be able to provide some information or guide me towards some. I'm looking for anything regarding the sword or swords used by Date Masamune. Other than a brief forum post which names one of his swords both 'Kuronbugiri' and 'Saddle-cutter'. I've also seen the rusted remains of a few swords that were found in Masamune's grave when it was restored, but as my Japanese was lacking, wasn't able to discern if they were named or simply funerary weapons. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Here's what little information I have, gleaned from that forum post:
Date Ke Tokenki) contains an interesting account of a test by the famous samurai
Kato Kiyomasa. They had captured an extremely large prisoner and the
assembled samurai were reluctant to let Kiyomasa test their swords for
"fear that it might chip on the brute's bones". The Daimyo, Date Masamune,
lent his sword to Kiyomasa. It cut through the prisoner and into the
support block and took sometime to remove. Because the prisoner had a
rather swarthy complexion the sword was immediately named "Kurombu-giri"
- "Black Chap Cutter". This sword was also known as the "Saddle Cutter".