2004 when we first met Jackie san. He just dropped in on our shop
one day and looked all over up and down in lively step just as if
he came out from the screen.
Few months later we formally received his order to make a set of
daisho Katana with dragon fittings. Chinese character "ryu(dragon)"
represents his name. That's how Jackie san's project has started.
It took about 3 years to complete this mission.
What we first did was to examine the right swordsmith to work for
this project. It has to be undeniably capable as to suit world's
best class star. And we came to Yoshiwara Yoshikazu. He is considered
to be the leading figure of future generation. His father Yoshiwara
Yoshindo is a strong favorite to become a living national treasure
in due time. Fortunately, our president and the Yoshiwara Family(school)
has had built good relationship through decades. There is no doubt
that this friendship has made the whole project run smooth and remarkable.
One of the reason what made this a 3 year project is that Jackie
san had tremendous interest in process of making sword that intended
to visit master Yoshikazu's workplace at several stage.
Jackie san's enthusiasm impressed us all and at the same time, we
would like to express great gratitude for master Yoshikazu's contribution.
We are so proud of been in part of this project and have big confidence
in delivering this outstanding piece of work.