FUKUOKA ICHIMONJI NORIMUNE School ________ NORIMUNE ICHIMONJI Founder SHO-GEN 1207 |________________________________________________ ___________ ___|____ ___|____ | SUKEMUNE SHO-GEN 1207 SUKEYUKI | |_______________ ____________ See School | ___|____ ___|____ ___|____ following | SUKEMUNE(2) MORIMUNE SUKENORI TEI-O 1222 | KEN-CHO 1249 JO-EI 1232 | son-in-law: IYENORI TEI-O | _____________________________|___________________ | __|_____ _____________|____ ___|_____ | IYEYOSHI UMANOSUKE SUKEKANE(1) SUKEYOSHI | | TEM-PUKU 1233 | JO-EI 1232 See School | |______________ |___________ following | __|_______ ___|_____ ___|____ ___|____ _________ | YOSHIMITSU SHIGENORI SUKEKANE(2) SANETADA MASATSUGU | KEN-CHO 1249 YOSHIOKA - KO-AN 1278 - KO-AN 1278 | _____________________ _________ _____________ _______________| __|_____ ___|____ ___|___ ___|____ NARIMUNE TOMONORI NAOMUNE(2) YASUNORI SHO-JI 1199 | SHO-GEN 1207 - SHO-JI 1199 - ___|____ | SUYENORI TEI-O 1222 |_______________ _______________ ______________ __|_____ ___|____ ____|____ ___|____ SUKEFUSA(1) NARIMUNE(2) SUKESHIGE HISAMUNE RYAKU-NIN KEN-PO 1213 KEN-CHO 1249 TEM-PUKU 1233 ___|_____ 1238 See School ________ SHIGEHISA following NORINARI KEN-JI 1275 BUN-EI 1264 NORIMUNE SHO-GEN (f: SADANORI): SHO-GEN GOBAN - 1st month. BIZEN TAYU. Founded the ICHIMONJI with Emperor GOTOBA. SAKON SHOGEN. Born: 1152, Died: 1214. Narrow bladed, KOSHIZORI with deep FUNBARI to KO-KISSAKI TACHI where the upper gently straightens. KO-MOKUME with CHIKEI has JI-NIE and standing UTSURI. Clear KO-NIE KO-MIDARE KO-CHOJI BA of ASHI and YO has KINSUJI in SUNAGASHI. KIJI-MATA "Thigh of a Pheasant" NAKAGO. Two-character MEI. GOBAN secret MEI: KIKU-MON. NORIMUNE follows in OSAFUNE through the SUE-BIZEN.
KO-ICHIMONJI - UBU, Two MEKUGI-ANA
KOKUHO NORIMUNE National Treasure NAGASA: 2 SHAKU 5.9 SUN MOTO-HABA: 8.8 BU SORI: 9 BU SAKI-HABA: 5.2 BU NAKAGO: 6 SUN SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, KOSHIZORI TACHI where the upper subtly straightens along the famous serenity of its long, smooth FUNBARI. An oblique YOKOTE directs the attitude of its small KO-KISSAKI. MIDARE-UTSURI and JI-NIE veil KO-ITAME HADA. The sparkling frost of its KO-NIE and NIOI-FUKASHI KO-MIDARE of KO-CHOJI has enthralled for 800 years. A perfect ellipse arcs the head of its HOSO-SUGU BOSHI, while vibrant figures stand and lean through the foggy mist that walks the crowded and slightly undulating line into the lower. A thinnish, gently KIJI-MOMO NAKAGO is signed above the ANA:
Norimune - Kokuho
Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, deeply curved Koshizori, Ko-Kissaki Tachi.
Ko-Itame Hada has thin Ji-Nie.
Ko-Nie Fukashi Ko-Midare Ba with Ko-Ashi.
Suriage Nakago with altered Jiri, remnants of a lower Ana remain. Two Mekugi-ana. Signed in the upper Ji.
FUKUOKA NORIMUNE School YASUNORI SHO-JI (f: NORIMUNE): To KEN-PO 1213. SUYENORI TEI-O (t: NORIMUNE, f: YASUNORI): Work to KA-TEI 1235. FUKUOKA JU. Became student of MITSUTADA. See OSAFUNE. ITAME HADA. CHOJI BA. SUKEMUNE SHO-GEN (f: NORIMUNE): SHO-GEN GOBAN - 9th month. SAKON SHOGEN. SHURINOSUKE. Considered DAI-ICHIMONJI. FUKUOKA. Thin, early KAMAKURA KO-KISSAKI, KOSHIZORI TACHI with strong FUNBARI. Upper gently straightens. Thinly veiled JI-NIE covers KO-ITAME HADA with standing MIDARE-UTSURI. KINSUJI and SUNAGASHI run in KO-MIDARE of KO-CHOJI BA with ASHI in NIE. Small KAISHO (print-style) MEI. Later MEI had "I" form of TSUGU "Thread in two pieces." SUKEMUNE KEN-CHO (f: SUKEMUNE): Mid-KAMAKURA, wide TACHI SUGATA. ICHIMONJI "Showy" CHOJI-MIDARE BA. The KEN-CHO smiths competed for extremes in developing the ICHIMONJI ideal. MORIMUNE JO-EI (f: SUKEMUNE): FUKUOKA JU. ITAME HADA. KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA. SUKENORI TEI-O (f: SUKEMUNE): OKI GOBAN - 11th & 12th month. Work seen in AN-TEI 1227. SAKON SHOGEN. His infant name, SHINTARO was changed to SHURINOSUKE. A SHO-ICHIMONJI smith under SUKEMUNE, he made the early style narrow, KO-KISSAKI, KOSHIZORI TACHI SUGATA where the upper gently straightens. KO-ITAME is veiled in JI-NIE. KO-NIE and NIOI KO-MIDARE of KO-CHOJI BA is exemplified with occasional YO. SAKA-MIDARE BA and clustered CHOJI-MIDARE BA. His will be signed two-character MEI or with an ICHI above. Also a six-character large. See YOSHIOKA MEI: SUKENORI ICHI SUKENORI BIZEN-no-KUNI SUKENORI TSUKURU
Tachi - Kokuho
Sukemune Tachi - Kokuho
Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, Koshizori, Chu-Kissaki Tachi.
Ko-Itame Hada with thin Ji-Nie and Utsuri.
Nioi and Ko-Nie Fukashi Juka Choji-Midare Ba with Ashi and Yo.
Strong Tsuyo Nie to Kaen Flame Boshi.
Suriage Haagari Kurijiri Nakago with two Mekugi-ana. Signed in the mid, rusting shaved directly above.
Sukekane Tachi - Kokuho
Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, Koshizori Funbari, Chu-Kissaki Tachi.
Itame Mokume mix Hada with Ji-Nie, Chikei and Midare-Utsuri.
Nioi and Nie Fukashi Obusa Choji-Midare Ba with Ashi and Yo.
Strong Tsuyo Nie in Monouchi.
Midare-Komi Boshi to Togari Kaeri.
Ubu, slightly Kurijiri Nakago with three Mekugi-ana. Signed in the upper Ji.
FUKUOKA NORIMUNE School SANETADA KO-AN (t: SUKEKANE, f: KANENAGA): KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA. NARIMUNE SHO-GEN (f: NORIMUNE, br: SUKEMUNE): Resided in the capital at KYO ROKUHARA making swords. Work period runs to SHO-KYU the date and title of GOTOBA's SHOKYU-RAN War. This was at the time when his father was engaged with Emperor GOTOBA creating the new ICHIMONJI sword, the Imperial Excalibur for dreams of success against the HOJO, who established their governorship at ROKUHARA following the Emperor's defeat in 1221. Brother, SUKEMUNEs' son takes the same name as uncle, NARIMUNE's noted Kyoto signature, MORIMUNE. MORI and NARI, however, appear in steel, much the same. Narrow TACHI SUGATA. KO-NIE KO-MIDARE of KO-CHOJI BA defined of different sized ASHI. 2nd in KEN-CHO 1249. NAOMUNE MORIMUNE - KYOTO SUKESHIGE TEM-PUKU (f: NARIMUNE): SHIGE form: MO "Richly growing" grasses. He is considered KO-ICHIMONJI and made the transition from early-KAMAKURA style, narrow upper with small KO-KISSAKI falling through a deeply curved KOSHIZORI, FUNBARI TACHI to the mid-KAMAKURA broadening to the upper. His KO-ITAME HADA has JI-NIE. Note: Early ICHIMONJI are still in the KO-BIZEN style where KO-NIE is expected. KO-ICHIMONJI are transition smiths, however. Where the earlier, KO-ICHIMONJI will show the active low to high HAMON fluctuation with KO-NIE, later we see the YAKIBA expand toward the SHINOGI - leaving all restraint. Early ICHIMONJI: HEIAN-style SUGATA, KO-NIE and fluctuating or undulating HAMON figures. Full development finds the middle ICHIMONJI with mid-KAMAKURA SUGATA, NIOI HAMON and the JI filled with extravagant theme-figures. Earlier SUKESHIGE will show KO-NIE with deep NIOI on a fluctuating and ASHI defined KO-CHOJI BA with TOGARI. The line gently undulates along the HA. SUGATA changes through the transition to KEN-CHO where we find the broad upper and ICHIMONJI OBUSA CHOJI patterns. KIJI-MOMO NAKAGO shows a 16 petal KIKU-MON with his two-character MEI. (KIKU-MON) SUKESHIGE SUKEFUSA(1) KEN-PO (f: NARIMUNE): See SUKEFUSA School following HISAMUNE KEN-NIN (f: NARIMUNE): Standing KO-ITAME HADA. KO-NIE and NIOI-DEKI KO-MIDARE BA to CHOJI-MIDARE BA. SHIGEHISA BUN-EI (f: HISAMUNE): Stuck to a KO-BIZEN style with an early KAMAKURA feel. KO-KISSAKI, strong FUNBARI TACHI. ITAME HADA has standing MIDARE-UTSURI. KO-MIDARE BA with ASHI and evenly strung CHOJI-MIDARE BA. NORINARI KEN-JI: Also in YOSHIOKA. ASAKI-NOTARE BA with ASHI and YO. YOSHIFUSA(2) HO-JI (f: NORIMUNE): KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA. YOSHIFUSA(3) BUN-EI (f: YOSHIFUSA): Work to KO-AN 1278. FUKUOKA.