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YAMASHIRO
YAMASHIRO AWATAGUCHI KUNITSUNA
 "The Six Sons" of KUNIIYE

6th son



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               Youngest of six brothers and swordsmith 
               to the Emperor in exile on OKI Island. 
               He founded SOSHU DEN. Famous for KOSHIBA.

KEN-CHO 1249 in SAGAMI
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AWATAGUCHI KUNITSUNA KEN-PO 1213 to KO-CHO 1261 - See SAGAMI
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YAMANOUCHI KUNIMITSU    YAMANOUCHI SANEKUNI   AWATAGUCHI ARIKUNI 
          HO-JI 1247           SHO-GEN 1259          KA-TEI 1235

KUNITSUNA KEN-CHO (f: KUNIIYE): 6th son. TOROKU. TOROKU SAKON. 
        OKI GOBAN KAJI - 5th and 6th month. Known as OKI GOBAN 
        YOSHIAKI. As a smith to GOTOBA-TENNO, he received the 
        SAKON SHOGEN title which allowed legal access to the 
        Imperial precincts and attendance before the Emperor. 
        Born: 1163, Died: 1255.
        His work from KEN-PO 1213 to KO-CHO 1261 comprises an 
        early YAMASHIRO period and the later SOSHU period. He was
        called to KAMAKURA by HOJO TOKIYORI and found the 
        SHINTOGO group in SAGAMI, KEN-CHO 1249. Other dates find
        a beginning at KEN-N 1201 and his death in KEN-CHO. 
        YAMANOUCHI JU. His SHINTOGO eclipsed the BIZEN import of
        the KAMAKURA ICHIMONJI - SUKEZANE School and SABURO 
        KUNIMUNE to be considered the originator of SOSHU DEN 
        stylists. SHINTOGO KUNIMITSU, YUKIMITSU and NYUDO GORO 
        MASAMUNE following directly. 

       -Early YAMASHIRO period: Narrow, KO-KISSAKI TACHI. The 
        whole JI is wet with JI-NIE.  KO-NIE KO-MIDARE BA very 
        much in the style of HISAKUNI. 

       -Later SOSHU period: Wide MONOUCHI KAMAKURA style with 
        CHU-KISSAKI. ITAME HADA stands. Wide MIDARE BA of strong
        NIE. O-CHOJI MIDARE with wide spreading bays or valleys.
        KOSHIBA can be large standing. KINSUJI and INAZUMA find 
        SUNAGASHI. NIE BOSHI is KO-MARU. MARU-MUNE NAKAGO has 
        little NIKU and resolves to KURIJIRI. Smallish two-
        character MEI. 
        See ONIMARU KUNITSUNA next page.
     KUNITSUNA
     TOROKU SAKON KUNITSUNA
     YAMANOUCHI JU FUJIWARA KUNITSUNA
     KAMAKURA JU TOROKU SAKON KUNITSUNA


KUNIMITSU HO-JI (f: KUNITSUNA):   This name is recorded in SAGAMI
        as a member of the SHINTOGO but is neither AWATAGUCHI 
        KUNIMITSU nor his son, SHINTOGO. See SAGAMI
minamoto sanetomo
       Minamoto Sanetomo
YAMASHIRO AWATAGUCHI - ONIMARU KUNITSUNA

"The Five Great Swords"
GYO-BUTSU ONIMARU KUNITSUNA


A sword of HOJO TOKIYORI, the fifth KAMAKURA SHIKKEN, who excised the plotting FUJIWARA from the SHOGUNATE. When the young SHOGUN, MINAMOTO SANETOMO, the last of his line, was assassinated in SHO-KYU 1219, his mother, AMA SHOGUN MASAKO and uncle, HOJO YOSHITOKI found two year old FUJIWARA YOSHITSUNE with a line through women to MINAMOTO blood. 

He would be raised under her Regency to become SHOGUN, his son would follow. His unending designs through adulthood against the HOJO forced great-grandson, HOJO TOKIYORI to replace them with MUNETAKA-SHINNO, first of the Imperial Princes KEN-CHO 4 (1252).

A mysterious illness came over TOKIYORI which seemed without cause. With the situation dire and seeing a hiding poltergeist conspiring from within TOKIYORI's ONI-GATA "Devil-shaped" HIBACHI brazier, this KUNITSUNA sword leaped from its scabbard to cut the offending HIBACHI with one stroke. 

The SHIKKEN's pall was immediately lifted, and the sword has ever since been called the ONIMARU in reward of its vigilance. Its MONOUCHI still wears a battle scar from the incident.

Handed down through the MUROMACHI SHOGUNAL Family, it was posited among HIDEYOSHI's TENKA GOKEN and kept in the custody of the HONAMI throughout the EDO Period. The piece was presented to Emperor MEIJI and is today an Imperial Property.


YAMASHIRO AWATAGUCHI - ONIMARU KUNITSUNA

"The Five Great Swords" 
GYO-BUTSU ONIMARU KUNITSUNA      Imperial Property
        NAGASA: 2 SHAKU 5.8 SUN              MOTO-HABA: 9.5 BU
          SORI: 1 SUN                        SAKI-HABA: 6.5 BU
        NAKAGO: 6.4 SUN

        SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, RIN-SORI wide, circularly
        curved, KAMAKURA style TACHI. Width runs the MONOUCHI to
        an upward slanting YOKOTE that seems to exemplify the 
        deep arc and mute its pronounced FUNBARI. The most famous
        example of his SOSHU period work, the evenly CHU-width 
        HAMON rides a wide, strong blade. 
Wet KO-MOKUME mixes with KO-ITAME where CHIKEI is found.
Lazy KO-NOTARE and GUNOME gently contend in the CHU-SUGU
upper where the smooth roll is notched by a few oblique
KO-ASHI. KINSUJI and INAZUMA join complex NIOI SUNAGASHI
to tug the line that faintly hide falling ASHI.          The figures argue for form through the mid but release          into converging lines that paint a dramatic portrait in          the large KOSHIBA: A still mist cuts the peak of a high
butte. - In the distance, a massive rise looms like
FUJI-SAN.         OMOTE BOSHI runs straight for the FUKURA but turns          abruptly for the KO-SHINOGI SAKI and splays indistinct
HIGE "Whiskers". URA SAKI is a HAKIKAKE swept TOGARI.
Deeply curved UBU NAKAGO falls t a small KURIJIRI.
Small characters in thick strokes edge the MUNE above a
many mounted, single MEKUGI-ANA:         KUNITSUNA 

Hojo Tokiyori                    

Go Sasamaru - Sword of Ashikaga Takauji

go sasamaru ashikaga takauji tachi
So named from the Bamboo fittings hidden under its leather wrap.
Handed down in the Shogunate, Shogun Ashikaga Yoshiaki decided to give it to Hideyoshi. He then presented it to the Atago Jinja.
Kawazutsumi mounting, is said to be the same type as the Onimaru Kunitsuna.






Kunitsuna - Kokuho

Kunitsuna - Kokuho
Nagasa: 69.4cm
Moto-Haba: 2.8cm


Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, little Sori, Chu-Kissaki.
Omote: Futatsu Bi through the upper, Bonji and Suken in lower, with Tsume Claw in Nakago.
Itame Hada has Ji-Nie.
Nioi-Fukashi Choji-Midare Ba where Nie becomes stronger in the lower. Inazuma and Kinsuji mix with Sunagashi through figures.
Omote Boshi is Notare-Komi, Ura has Ko-Maru. Hakikake with long fall Kaeri
Suriage Nakago has two Mekugi-ana. Signed in the Ji.

   Kunitsuna




Kunitsuna - Kokuho

Kunitsuna - Kokuho
Nagasa: 65cm
Moto-Haba: 2.7cm


Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, Koshizori
Itame Hada has Ji-Nie and Midare-Utsuri.
Chu-Sugu Ko-Midare Ba of Nie and Nioi-Fukashi with Kinsuji and Sunagashi that pulls Nijuba through the Habuchi.
Sugu Nie-Kuzure Ko-Maru Kaeri.
Ubu Kijimomo Nakago has three Mekugi-ana. Signed in the upper Ji.

   Kunitsuna



Ii Kunitsuna - Kokuho

Kunitsuna - Kokuho
Nagasa: 79.8cm
Moto-Haba: 2.7cm


Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, Koshizori Tachi with Ko-Kissaki.
Itame Hada with Masame in the upper has thin Ji-Nie.
Asaki-Notare with Choji-Midare, Kawazoko Choji Ba of Nioi-Fukashi and Ko-Nie, with densely laid Ashi, Sunagashi and Kinsuji running through. The Hamon restrains through the upper.
Notare-Komi, Nie-Deki Boshi has Ko-Maru.
Suriage Kurijiri Nakago has three Mekugi-ana.
      Kunitsuna




Awataguchi Kunimitsu

Awataguchi Kunimitsu
Nagasa: 80.3cm
Shinogi-Tsukuri Ikubi-Kissaki style Tachi
Tightly knit Itame Hada has Ji-Nie and Chikei.
Hoso-Suguha.
Suriage Nakakgo is Kurijiri and has three Mekugi-ana.

Kunimitsu