MURAMASA: Made 2.2 to 2.3 SHAKU SAKI-ZORI KATANA, 1.3 to 1.4
SHAKU HIRA-TSUKURI, SAKI-ZORI KO-WAKIZASHI and 9 SUN
TANTO. Even, shallow NIKU. ITAME with MINO influenced
MASA SHINOGI. JI-NIE. Very fine KO-NIE DEKI and NIOI
HITATSURA BA and NIOI-DEKI SUGU-KOSHIBA. He is famous
for his large mounding, NOTARE-like patterns. There are
many variations to a similar theme. NOTARE-HAKO GUNOME
mix, HAKO-MIDARE. TOGARI MITSU-GUNOME "Three-grouped"
MIDARE BA. Wide, unevenly spaced valleys push against
large mounding, two and three grouped GUNOME. The
valley floor should incline to a small NOTARE roll or
unevenness. NIOI may reach from the valleys for the HA.
Profuse MURA KO-NIE and ARA-NIE sprinkled like KAZUTATSU.
MURAMASA: Pattern should be fairly equal on both sides of
MIDARE-KOMI BOSHI appears JIZO with long falling,
MEI: The characters in the SHO-DAI signature have a certain
symmetry over NI-DAI and SAN-DAI. The poles of the MURA
are almost vertical and almost parallel, - and of almost
even length. His MASA is more legible and does not
appear as fragmented as the later.
Note: There are book-dates that have the 1st MURAMASA in
TEI-JI. Another line has MURAMASA(1) in O-NIN, the 2nd in
EI-SHO and the 3rd in TEN-MON.
KUWANA JU MURAMASA
UEMONnoJO MURAMASA SAKU
SEISHU KUWANA JU MURAMASA
MURAMASA(2) TAI-EI (f: MURAMASA): Work appears from EI-SHO
1504 to TEN-MON 1532. Very much in the style of the
ITAME with MASAME. HAKO-MIDARE where open valleys push
TOGARI-GUNOME. Valleys hold NOTARE and GUNOME-MIDARE
separate. 2nd: Grouped TOGARI and MITSU-GUNOME are
unevenly spaced - a mark. The MASA character of NI-DAI
is stylistically more exaggerated. The right pole of
the MURA (the vertical stroke of the SUN radical) is
longer and therefore higher than the left.
SEISHU KUWANA FUJIWARA ASON MURAMASA SAKU
SEISHU KUWANA GORI MASUDA-SHO FUJIWARA ASON MURAMASA SAKU
MURAMASA(3) TEN-MON: ITAME HADA. NOTARE-GUNOME HAKO-MIDARE
with valleys. O-NOTARE BA. His signature is quite
different from forebears'. The MASA and MURA seem
pointed - and disjointed. Casual reference of published
OSHIGATA will dispel any mysteries a piece might pose.
IHORI-MUNE, SENGOKU SAKIZORI
KATANA. OMOTE has
SO-no-KURIKARA "Dragon" HORIMONO
and URA has BONJI, below
which MARU-DOME BO-HI falls
through the NAKAGO.
SHIRAKE running ITAME HADA has
Large rising NOTARE of ASHI and
YO grouped GUNOME-MIDARE BA
reach toward to SHINOGI.
TOBI-YAKI gather here and there as
JI-NIE swirls densely.
MIDARE-KOMI BOSHI is KUZURE.
UBU, one MEKUGI-ANA NAKAGO falls
to his small HA-AGARI KURI-JIRI.
SEISHU KUWANA JU UEMON-no-JO
GEN-NEN JU-GATSU HI