BIZEN FUKUOKA ICHIMONJI
Technical: SUGATA - KOSHIZORI. All sword styles became wider at
the MONOUCHI beginning with KAMAKURA. The
"SHO-GEN BIZEN KISSAKI appeared following GEN-RYAKU.
GOBAN" The BIZEN KISSAKI has a stout feeling to its
NORIMUNE | broad plane and rounded FUKURA.
NOBUFUSA | HADA - Fine MOKUME and ITAME. O-HADA is found.
MUNEYOSHI | Blue, cotton blue steel. MIDARE-UTSURI.
SUKEMUNE | HAMON - NIOI OBUSA CHOJI-MIDARE, clustered CHOJI with
YUKIKUNI | valleys, KOBUSHI or JUKA with ASHI and YO.
SUKENARI | KINSUJI and INAZUMA along the HA.
SUKENOBU | BOSHI - MIDARE and complex forms with little turnback.
NAKAGO - Shape like that of KO-BIZEN. Signatures found
on these blades may be characterized by the
title, "ICHI," which may precede the name or
the inscribed KIKU-MON of the GOBAN groups.
The pursuit of perfection, and culturing of style, came in
The beginning is called the KO-ICHIMONJI, made up of the great
names, DAI-ICHIMONJI, using early-KAMAKURA SUGATA as found of the
SHO-GEN 1207 period. The KO-ICHIMONJI was the progenitor of all
Their sons and students, SHO-ICHIMONJI, make up the ICHIMONJI
groups proper, with the mid-KAMAKURA styles of KEN-CHO 1249.
The KO-ICHIMONJI: -NORIMUNE Line
The beginning KO-ICHIMONJI stylists made KO-BIZEN style. Early
work may seem KO-BIZEN: KO-KISSAKI, narrow blade where the upper
straightens. May show NIE. Note: Early KAMAKURA SHO-GEN pieces of
this KO-BIZEN style differ from GEN-RYAKU late HEIAN by a
strengthening of the upper and a stronger NIE presence.
BIZEN and the mid-KAMAKURA bow and blossom together:
Stylists such as
Made the expected wide
KEN-CHO TACHI SUGATA with its
stout IKUBI-KISSAKI and pronounced upper
The ICHIMONJI YAKIBA: Early works show JI-NIE, KO-MIDARE KO-CHOJI
in KO-NIE. Then: Variations of NIOI-DEKI DAI-BO CHOJI stretch all
former dynamics. Vividly clear MIDARE-UTSURI contrast the steel.
Note: Conservatism overtakes this momentum starting BUN-EI 1264.
Early MEI: Thickly cut ICHI, rather style-lacking, may seem
somewhat slanted and may be cut to the MUNE. More like an
armorer's mark than that of a signature.
Later, the ICHI moves to the center of the NAKAGO. A stylized
ICHI points away from early.
The FUKUOKA ICHIMONJI starts with the SHO-GEN GOBAN of NORIMUNE
and Emperor GOTOBA (See YAMASHIRO KYOTO Gotoba - GOTOBA pdf- The
Emperor-smith) Later, SUKEZANE moves to KAMAKURA in SAGAMI and
begins the KAMAKURA ICHIMONJI and NORIFUSA moves to KATAYAMA in
BITCHU with student SANETOSHI and begins the KATAYAMA ICHIMONJI
See SAGAMI - KAMAKURA ICHIMONJI and BITCHU - KATAYAMA ICHIMONJI
The travels of her sons find open doors with open arms
| |---SAGAMI KAMAKURA ICHIMONJI
| |---BITCHU NORIFUSA KATAYAMA ICHIMONJI
| FUKUOKA ICHIMONJI |---MIKAWA NAKAHARA KUNIMUNE YAKUOJI
| |---HOKI KUNIMUNE & HOKI MASAMUNE
|_____________________|---BINGO KOKUBUNJI SUKEKUNI