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The Eight DO
HOKURIKUDO - The Eight Roads of KOTO




ETCHU UDA School 
                    Ring-shaped KO-MOKUME. NIOI-DEKI SUGU KUZURE,
             NOTARE KO-MIDARE HA or O-EI style GUNOME-MIDARE with
         SUNAGASHI. NIE and NIOI-FUKASHI. YUBASHIRI and HAKIKAKE.
________________
KO-UDA KUNIMITSU(2) UDA Founder EN-BUN 1356    __________        
  |______________________                      RAI MUNETO        
__|_____  -brothers-  ___|____                    | BUN-WA 1352  
KUNIFUSA(1)           KUNIMUNE(1) EI-TOKU 1381    |_________     
  | EI-TOKU 1381      ___|____     _______     ___|____  ___|____
  | (KUNIYASU)        KUNIMUNE(2)  HISAIYE     NOBUFUSA  MUNEHIDE 
  |     _________________| - O-EI 1394 -        - TEI-JI 1362 -  
  |  __|_____         ___|____                 
  |  KUNITOMO         KUNIMUNE(3) HO-TOKU 1449
  |    | HO-TOKU 1449                    ________   
  |    |_______________                  YASUHISA(1) O-AN 1368
  |  __|_____       ___|____             ___|____               
  |  TOMOHISA(4)    KUNIMUNE(4)          YASUHISA(2) BUN-MEI 1469
  |  O-NIN 1467     BUN-MEI 1469  
  |_____________ _________ _______________     
__|_____     ___|____  ___|____           | ________         
KUNIFUSA(2)  KUNIYASU  KUNIHIRO O-EI 1394 | YORIKUNI(1) O-EI 1394
    - O-EI 1394 -      ___|____           | ___|____   
                       TOMOHIRO(3)        | YORIKUNI(2)      
                          SHO-CHO 1428    |   BUN-MEI 1469  
   _______________ _______________________|      
__|_____      ____|____                 __|_____   
KUNIHISA(1)   KUNISHIGE(2) O-EI 1394    KUNIMASA(1) KYO-TOKU 1457
  | O-EI 1394 ____|____                 __|_____                 
  |           KUNISHIGE(3) BUN-MEI 1469 KUNINARI BUN-MEI 1469    
  |           ____|____                   |_____________          
  |           KUNISHIGE(4) EI-SHO 1504  __|_____     ___|____     
  |           ____|____                 KUNIZANE     KUNIYASU     
  |           KUNISHIGE(5)              MEI-O 1492   TAI-EI 1521 
  |                TEN-MON 1532
  |__________________________ _____________ ________    
__|_____                  ___|____     ____|____  __|_____
KUNIHISA(2) HO-TOKU 1449  HIRAKUNI(1)  KUNIYOSHI  KUNIKIYO(1)
__|_____                      - EI-KYO 1429 -       | EI-KYO 1429
KUNIHISA(3) BUN-MEI 1469  ________                  |  
__|_____                  SANEKUNI(1) O-EI 1394     |
KUNIHISA(4) EI-SHO 1504   ________                  |
__|_____                  SANEKUNI(2) KA-KICHI 1441 |
KUNIHISA(5) TEN-MON 1532  ________                  |
__|_____                  SANEKUNI(3) MEI-O 1492    |
KUNIHISA(6) KO-JI 1555                              |
     ______________________ __________ _____________|  
  __|_____              ___|____   ___|____      ___|____  
  KUNIZANE MEI-O 1492   KUNIHIRA   HIRAKUNI(2)   KUNIKIYO(2) 
    |_____________        - MEI-O 1492 -            BUN-MEI 1469 
  __|_____      __|_____            ________  
  SANEKUNI(4)   HIRAKUNI(3)         MUNEKUNI  
     - TEN-MON 1532 -              EI-SHO 1504

Uda Kunifusa
Nagasa: 2 Shaku 3 Sun 7 Bu 5 Rin (71.9cm)
Sori: 8 Bu (2.4cm)
Moto-haba: 9 Bu 5 Rin (2.87cm)
Saki-haba: 7 Bu 5.9 Rin (2.3cm)
Kissaki-naga: 1 Sun 3 Bu 2 Rin (4cm)
Nakago: 7 Sun 1 Bu 2.7 Rin (21.6cm)


Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, deeply curved to an elongated, strong Chu-Kissaki. There is Bo-Hi on Tachi-Ura and NibiHi on Omote - running the length.
Running Itame and Masame mixed with Mokume and O-Hada in the lower. Much JiNIe.
Gunome-Midare Ba sits in a Notare line of Mura and Ara-Nie. Kinsuji runs while Sunagashi pulls Nijuba into figures.
Midare-Komi Hakikake Boshi, to small Kaeri.
Suriage nakago has four Mekugi-ana, two at the bottom. Signed Tachi-Mei next to the Mune:

             Uda Kunifusa


Juyo Bunkazai
Uda Kunifusa



ETCHU UDA School TANTO:
KO-ETCHU 
O-EI UDA 
BUN-MEI 
Later 
- 7 to 8 SUN
- 9 SUN MU-SORI
- Curved, wide HIRA-TSUKURI
- SHINOGI-TSUKURI WAKIZASHI
Main Players: _________
              KUNIMITSU(2) KO-AN 1361
                  |_______________________
              ____|___   - brothers -  ___|____
              KUNIFUSA(1)              KUNIMUNE(1)
              KUNISHIGE(2)             KUNITOMO
              KUNIHISA                 TOMOHISA
              KUNIKIYO               
              KUNIZANE


KUNIMITSU(2) KO-AN (f: KUNIMITSU 1): A mainstay at TONAMI-GORI in
        MIKKAICHI, TOYAMA. Considered an equal status with his
        father, he made elongated or KO-KISSAKI, gracefully 
        curved TACHI that may appear YAMASHIRO like, although 
        steel color has shown the YAMATO roots. ITAME with MASAME
        has JI-NIE. KO-NIE SUGU ASAKI-NOTARE BA. 
          BOSHI is SUGU to KO-MARU KAERI.
    MEI: UDA KUNIMITSU

KUNIFUSA(1) EI-TOKU (f: KUNIMITSU 2, br: KUNIMUNE): Said to have
        been student to NORISHIGE-style. There are conflicting
        theories. One: He transferred from YAMATO UDA with his
        father, KUNIMITSU(1) - making a birth date and place
        highly questionable. He, above his brother, was the 
        foundation to the development of the ETCHU UDA through
        O-EI. Known later to have used KUNIYASU as his MEI.
        CHU-KISSAKI on SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE TACHI or
        9 SUN, MU-SORI TANTO. KO-MOKUME HADA is drawn and 
        running. JI-NIE. SUGU HOTSURE BA or NIJUBA-like SUGU 
        through shallow NOTARE in NIE and falling NIOI. Also 
        KO-GUNOME CHOJI-MIDARE in NIE  with  KO-ASHI, KINSUJI
        and INAZUMA. BOSHI: Refined MIDARE with shallow KAERI.
    MEI: UDA KUNIMITSU
     Secret MEI: FUKAKUSA-TENNO

KUNISHIGE(2) O-EI (t: KUNIFUSA): Worked from O-EI to EI-KYO 1429.
          In the style of KUNIFUSA. MOKUME has standing UTSURI. 
          KO-NIE GUNOME-MIDARE within an ASAKI-NOTARE line.
    MEI: UDA KUNISHIGE

KUNIMASA(1) KYO-TOKU (t: KUNIFUSA 1): Worked from the O-EI period.
          MOKUME with MASAME. Undulating GUNOME-CHOJI BA.
    MEI: UDA KUNIMASA

KUNINARI BUN-MEI (f: KUNIMASA): Work to MEI-O 1492. KO-MOKUME
        with MASAME that stands. MURA-NIE and NIOI-DEKI GUNOME
        patterns in NOTARE like line. His sons, KUNIZANE and 
        KUNIYASU, both worked to TAI-EI 1521.
    MEI: UDA KUNINARI

HISAIYE O-EI: SUGUHA, KO-MIDARE BA and GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE BA.
MEI: HISAIYE

KUNIHIRO O-EI (t: KUNIFUSA): KOSHICHIRO. YANASE-MURA JU. He made         TACHI and 9 SUN MU-SORI TANTO. MOKUME HADA with MASAME.         JI-NIE. Can be drawn. KO-NIE GUNOME, NOTARE KO-MIDARE         KO-GUNOME with ASHI sits in a NOTARE line.     MEI: UDA KUNIHIRO TOMOHIRO SHO-CHO (f: KUNIHIRO): MOKUME with MASAME. KO-NIE GUNOME         within NOTARE line.     MEI: UDA TOMOHIRO


Uda Kunifusa

Nagasa:
26.75"

Nakago:
7.375"

Extremely deep curve - Sori: 1.25"
O-Mokume is perfectly knit, creating a Jitetsu of robust health. Intricate and strongly standing Chikei exemplifies the Hada. 
Nie Sunagashi is swept over an undulating Hamon of Nijuba and Hotsure striated figures. A lightning-storm of running Kinsuji and Inazuma arc through the Habuchi.
"Old-man's Whiskers" fall in the Boshi, Nijuba Hakikake. 

Long Suriage Nakago has three Mekugi-ana.






ETCHU UDA School
KUNIMUNE(1) EI-TOKU (f: KUNIMITSU 2, br: KUNIFUSA): UEMONnoJO.
        TACHI and TANTO. Often listed as son of KUNIMITSU(1), he
        and his brother are a generation away. MOKUME HADA with
        MASAME has JI-NIE. KO-NIE SUGUHA and KO-MIDARE or GUNOME-
        MIDARE on a wide undulating line. KO-MARU BOSHI. 
    MEI: UDA KUNIMUNE.

KUNIMUNE(2) O-EI: SAEMONnoJO. He made TACHI and TANTO. SAKI-ZORI
        or longish KO-KISSAKI but mostly O-EI-style (shorter,
        classic TACHI SUGATA). 9 SUN, MU-SORI TANTO. KO-ITAME
        with MASAME has JI-NIE. May show UZU-MAKI HADA. YAKIBA is
        SUGU HOTSURE BA with KINSUJI in fine NIE. KO-MARU BOSHI.
        3rd follows suit. 
    MEI: UDA KUNIMUNE

KUNITOMO HO-TOKU (t: KUNIMUNE 2): MOKUME with MASAME. Undulating
        KO-MIDARE BA.
    MEI: UDA KUNITOMO

TOMOHISA O-NIN (t: KUNITOMO): SAEMONnoJO. Undulating KO-MIDARE.
    MEI: UDA TOMOHISA SAKU

KUNIMUNE(4) BUN-MEI (f: KUNITOMO): Buddhist name: KOSHIN. 7 to 8
        SUN HIRA-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE UCHI-ZORI TANTO. He made 
        1 SHAKU HIRA-TSUKURI KO-WAKIZASHI with gentle FUNBARI.
        Standing ITAME with MASAME has JI-NIE. KO-NIE O-MIDARE
        HAMON which can be similar to splashing waves. HIRO-SUGU
        GUNOME-MIDARE KO-MIDARE. Known for his KURIKARA Dragon 
        and KEN HORIMONO. Work of following generations in 
        TEN-MON 1532 and TEN-SHO 1573 falls off.
    MEI: UDA KUNIMUNE 

KUNIHISA(1) O-EI (f: KUNIFUSA 1): UEMONZABURO. His Buddhist name         is: JOKEI. 9 SUN TANTO. Running MOKUME with MASAME.          JI-NIE and BO-UTSURI. Clear YAKIBA of KO-NIE GUNOME          within an ASAKI-NOTARE line where HOTSURE pulls from the         HABUCHI. HORI of MARISHI-TEN in well of a wide HI     MEI: UDA KUNIHISA
KUNIHISA(2) HO-TOKU: Running MOKUME with MASAME and NORISHIGE-         style UZU-MAKI HADA. NIE KO-GUNOME where FUSHI "Knots"          are seen. GUNOME-MIDARE. NIJUBA runs. HORIMONO of HI and         GOMABASHI. Four character MEI has thick strokes below the         ANA.      MEI: UDA KUNIHISA 
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SANEKUNI MEI-O: MOKUME has JI-NIE. YAKIBA: KO-NIE SUGU KO-MIDARE          KO-NOTARE BA. Signed below the ANA in thick strokes.     MEI: UDA SANEKUNI

KUNIYOSHI EI-KYO (f: KUNIHISA): Made TANTO. KO-MOKUME has JI-NIE.         GUNOME in ASAKI-NOTARE line.     MEI: KUNIYOSHI          UDA KUNIYSHI


NAGASA: 59.4cm  NAKAGO: 14.2cm 

SHINOGI-TSUKURI-IHORI-MUNE. 
Running ITAME-HADA has JI-NIE forming YUBASHIRI, which sweeps throughout  the JI. 
SOSHU-style NIE and NIOI-FUKASHI "Snow-Blizzard" reaches to the SHINOGI.  YUBASHIRI gives an HITATSURA effect. 
HAKIKAKE BOSHI falls down the MUNE. 
Two MEKUGI-ANA, one filled, one copper lined, UBU NAKAGO
Signed:
      Uda Kunimune





ETCHU UDA School

KUNIKIYO(1) EI-KYO (f: KUNIHISA): MOKUME with MASAME and standing
        BO-UTSURI. KO-NIE and NIOI-DEKI SUGUHA and GUNOME HA. He
        carved simple HORIMONO figures.
    MEI: UDA KUNIKIYO
KUNIZANE MEI-O (f: KUNIKIYO): Work from BUN-AN 1444. MOKUME with
        MASAME. SUGU KO-MIDARE in a NOTARE line.
    MEI: UDA KUNIZANE
SANEKUNI(4) TEN-MON (f: KUNIZANE): TOZAEMON. Buddhist name: JOIN
        Made many wide, thick blades in standing ITAME with 
        MASAME. KO-NIE GUNOME-MIDARE and HITATSURA BA. Thick
        stroked MEI is clear and readable: UDA SANEKUNI.
    MEI: UDA SANEKUNI

HIRAKUNI(1) EI-KYO (t: KUNIHISA): Worked in KA-KICHI 1441. SUGUHA
        and KO-MIDARE, SUGU KUZURE BA.
    MEI: UDA HIRAKUNI
HIRAKUNI(2) MEI-O (t: KUNIKIYO): Standing MOKUME with MASAME has
        JI-NIE on "Dark" steel. TOGARI-GUNOME in a KO-NOTARE 
        line. GUNOME-MIDARE CHOJI BA.
    MEI: UDA HIRAKUNI
HIRAKUNI(3) TEN-MON (t: KUNIZANE): Worked to EI-ROKU 1558. KO-NIE
        SUGUHA and KO-MIDARE BA.           
    MEI: UDA HIRAKUNI
KUNIHIRA MEI-O (t: KUNIKIYO): ITAME HADA runs. SUGU and GUNOME
    MEI: UDA KUNIHIRA

YASUHISA(1) O-AN: BO-UTSURI that stands over GUNOME-MIDARE HA.      MEI: UDA YASUHISA

YASUHISA(2) BUN-MEI:  ITAME with MASAME where MOKU is coming out.         SUGUHA and GUNOME-MIDARE with MURA-NIE.     MEI: UDA YASUHISA

YORIKUNI(1) O-EI:  MOKUME with MASAME. SUGUHA, NOTARE KO-MIDARE         and GUNOME-CHOJI BA with standing BO-UTSURI     MEI: UDA YORIKUNI

MUNETOMO(1) O-EI: GUNOME in NOTARE swells - O-EI-style     MEI: UDA MUNETOMO
UNETOMO TEN-MON: MOKUME with MASAME. GUNOME in NOTARE-MIDARE BA.     MEI: UDA MUNETOMO


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