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BIZEN




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 
generational waves.

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 
coming sub-groups. 

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
                    -NOBUFUSA Line
                    -MUNEYOSHI 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 
YOSHIFUSA  YOSHIHIRA 
 NORIFUSA   YOSHIMOCHI 
  SUKEZANE 
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
group.
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
Fukuoka Ichimonji

FUKUOKA ICHIMONJI
____________
1st SUKEFUSA GENRYAKU 1184
   |__________ _____________________________________________
___|_____ ____|____                                         |
YOSHIFUSA YOSHIKANE                                         |
NORIFUSA  SUKENAGA                                          |
NORIKANE                                                    |
SANETOSHI                                                   |
SADATOSHI                                                   |
   |__________ ________ ________                            |
___|_____ ____|____ ___|____ ___|____                   ____|____
SADATSUGU SADAYOSHI SADAMOTO SADANORI                   SUKEYOSHI
             ________ ________ _________ _________ _________|
      ______|___ ____|____ ___|____ ____|____ ____|____ ____|____
      YOSHIMOCHI SANEYOSHI SUKETOMO SUKETSUNA SUKESHIGE YOSHIMOTO
      YOSHISADA                     SUKETADA            YOSHITOMO
                                    SUKEZANE            NAGAMUNE

____________________
NORIMUNE Founder SHOGEN GOBAN KAJI 1208
   |__________ ________ ________ _______ _________________
___|____   ___|____ ___|____ ___|___ ___|____             |
SUKEMUNE   NARIMUNE TOMONORI NAOMUNE YASUNORI             |
SUKEMUNE   SUKESHIGE                 SUYENORI          ___|____
MORIMUNE   HISAMUNE                                    SUKEYUKI
SUKENORI   SHIGEHISA   ________ ________ ________ ________|    
SUKEKANE          ____|___  ___|____ ___|____ ___|____ ___|____
SANETADA          YUKITAKA  YUKIKUNI SUKEMURA SUKENARI SUKENOBU
IYEYOSHI          YUKITOSHI SUKEYUKI SUKEMURA          SUKEHISA
SHIGENORI         SUYEYUKI  KUNIZANE MURASUKE          SUKENAGA
YOSHIMITSU        YUKIMUNE  SUKENOBU                   SUKEMORI
                  YUKITSUNE                            SUKEHIDE
                                                       YOSHIMITSU
____________
2nd SUKEFUSA KENPO 1213
    |____________ ________ _________ ________ _______
____|____    ____|____ ___|____ ____|____ ___|___ ___|____
YOSHIFUSA(2) SUKETOSHI KORESUKE SUKECHIKA NORIIYE SUKEZANE  
                                YUKIHIDE  IYEMUNE SUKESADA  
________                                          SUKETSUNA 
NOBUFUSA                                          SUKENAGA  
   |________ ________ ________                    SUKETOKI  
___|____ ___|____ ___|____ ___|____               SUKEYASU  
NOBUKANE MUNEYORI NOBUMASA NAGASUKE                     
SUKETAKA TAMEKIYO NOBUYASU                              _________
SUKETOMO                                                MUNEYOSHI
YUKIKANE     ________ __________ _________ _________ _______|    
         ___|____ ___|___   ____|___  ____|____ ____|___ ___|____
         MUNETADA MUNEIYE   YOSHIIYE  YOSHIMUNE MUNENAGA NAGANORI
         SADAZANE YOSHIMUNE YOSHIHIRA YOSHINAGA NAGAMOTO NAGAKANE
         YASUSADA YOSHIMORI YOSHIMORI      _________
         SANESADA YOSHIHIRA YOSHITOMO      CHIKAFUSA SHO-KYU 1219
                  YOSHITOMO                MOTOCHIKA
                  IYENOBU                  MOTOTSUGU

The great technical success and prestige of KYOTO electrified 
FUKUOKA BIZEN. They would covet the ICHIMONJI crown and perfect 
this style through the KAMAKURA era. The ICHIMONJI were select 
smiths from various provinces called to KYOTO, and later OKI 
Island, for the research conspiracies of FUKUOKA NORIMUNE and the
Emperor GOTOBA. See YAMASHIRO KYOTO Gotoba or GOTOBA pdf- The 
Emperor-smith for the pertinent history and makeup of the 
ICHIMONJI GOBAN KAJI.
Seven BIZEN smiths worked in the first SHO-GEN GOBAN KAJI:

                   1st month: FUKUOKA NORIMUNE

                   3rd month: FUKUOKA NOBUFUSA

                   7th month: FUKUOKA MUNEYOSHI

                   9th month: FUKUOKA SUKEMUNE

                  10th month: FUKUOKA YUKIKUNI

                  11th month: FUKUOKA SUKENARI

                  12th month: FUKUOKA SUKENOBU

The second ICHIMONJI GOBAN endeavor, the Twenty-four GOBAN KAJI 
was again peopled with many BIZEN masters. See YAMASHIRO - KYOTO.

 1st month: FUKUOKA KANEMICHI, Secret MEI: SUIICHI w/KYO KUNITOMO

 2nd month: FUKUOKA NAGASUKE and OSAFUNE MOROZANE

 3rd month: FUKUOKA YUKIKUNI - with: SENJUIN SHIGEHIRO

 4th month: OSAFUNE CHIKAFUSA - with: BUNGO YUKIHIRA

 5th month: FUKUOKA KANECHIKA and FUKUOKA SANEFUSA

 6th month: FUKUOKA YOSHIFUSA and OSAFUNE NORITSUGU

 7th month: FUKUOKA TOMOSUKE - with: HOKI OHARA MUNETAKA

 8th month: FUKUOKA AKIZANE and OSAFUNE SANETSUNE

 9th month: FUKUOKA KANESUYE and FUKUOKA NOBUFUSA

10th month: SANEFUSA's MIMASAKA sons

11th month: FUKUOKA KANESUKE and FUKUOKA NORIMUNE

12th month: FUKUOKA KORESUKE - with: BITCHU KO-AOE TACHIBANA NORIZANE 

OKI GOBAN:     7th and 8th months: FUKUOKA MUNEYOSHI

              9th and 10th months: FUKUOKA NOBUMASA

             11th and 12th months: FUKUOKA SUKENORI 
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