Also known by his nakago-mei as Masa Mitsu,
Francis is a rare and unique individual. Francis has been working
on swords and bladed weapons of all types since 1969. Although
he is best known as one of the few classically trained American
swordsmiths who was taught the traditional process for making
a Japanese sword, Francis has also worked extensively on swords
around the world. Visit the History page
for more information.
Francis was trained in the traditional art of
Japanese swordmaking by Nakajima Muneyoshi.
According to Francis, Nakajima was an amazing craftsman who was
incredibly knowledgeable, very demanding, and a perfectionist.
Francis spent seven years as an apprentice learning under Nakajima
Sensei, five of which included the extremely difficult art of togi,
or polishing. Francis is known internationally for his polishing
skills and is considered one of the premier polishers in the United
States. Nakajima had more than one apprentice, but only Francis
was taught fully in all of the skills that his teacher had to pass
Francis is currently alive and well and working
on swords at his workshop in Northern California. He has extensively
studied the metallurgy of Japanese swords and is now able to reproduce
just about any historical or modern construction method desired.
He takes custom orders and occasionally will make a sword to his
own taste as time allows. Francis is a firm believer that the sword
is a tool, first and foremost, but that it can also be a work of
art which represents the heart and soul of the swordsmith.
If you would like to meet Francis Boyd and see
his work please visit him at one of the following annual events.
He attends the Southern California Blade show held in February,
and the San Francisco Token Kai held in August.