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BIZEN   O-Kanemitsu
 See The Ten Students





_________________ OSAFUNE KAGEMITSU          * 5 Sons of KAGEMITSU *          |___________________ ____________________       ___|_______         ___|_____          _____|_____        O-KANEMITSU(1)      YOSHIKAGE(1)       YOSHIMITSU(1)           |        _____________ __________________|          | ______|___     _____|___   ____________|____             | YOSHIMITSU(2)  YOSHIKIYO   KOZORI YOSHIMITSU(1)          |                                    YUKIMITSU           |_________________ _____________ _________________       ___|___________   ___|_____     ___|_____            |       ENBUN KANEMITSU   MOTOMITSU(1)  TADAMITSU            |                            |_________________              |                         ___|_____     _______|____         |                         MOTOMITSU(2)  2nd MOTOMASA         |          _______________________ ___________ ______________|      ___|______             ____|____    ___|____          |      SHIGEMITSU(3)          TOMOMITSU    MORIMOTO(1)       |      SHIGEMITSU(4)  ____________|____________              |                ____|____    ____|____    ____|____         |                MORIMITSU(1) MOROMITSU(1) TADAMITSU         |                                                            |                         - KOZORI School -                  |         _____________ ______________________ ______________|    ____|____      ___|_____             ____|____     YOSHIKAGE(2)   KUNITSUNA             MASAMITSU     MITSUKAGE                                |_________             |_____________                   ____|____  ___|____    ____|_____     ___|_____             MASAMITSU  ARIMITSU    YOSHITSUNA     HISAMITSU(3)                (OEI BIZEN/KOZORI)

SODEN BIZEN "The Ten Students
"
- KANEMITSU  Technical: SUGATA - Either with FUNBARI or as NAMBOKUCHO (long,                     thin, evenly wide blades). KOSHIZORI. Can be                     shallow. A few high-SHINOGI. Narrow SHINOGI- Strong Names        JI. Medium or elongated KISSAKI, O-KISSAKI. -TOMOMITSU          FUKURA-KARERU "Withered." Shallow NIKU. -YOSHIMITSU  HADA - KO-MOKUME or ITAME. Pronounced HADA appears -MOTOMITSU          soft. YOKOME-no-KITAE "Side-look" - a round -MASAMITSU          spreading - like pond ripples from a tossed -YOSHIKAGE          pebble. Color can be blue or blue-gray with                     gold. CHIKEI. DAN-DAN UTSURI (spotting).             HAMON - KANEMITSU: KO-NIE with tightly defined NIOI.                     Early: KATAOCHI "Stooped-shoulders" GUNOME HA                     in the style of KAGEMITSU. Slant ASHI.                     Later: KOSHI-HIRAKI "Open-bellied" GUNOME HA                     that may appear like long, evenly spaced                      NOTARE-like swells. KINSUJI and INAZUMA.              BOSHI - MIDARE with TOGARI and short turnback.            NAKAGO - Long signatures with dates. Often SURIAGE. KANEMITSU SODEN  SODEN refers to the SOSHU influence of the group whose teachers  were schooled in SAGAMI, as with the "Ten Students," and brought SOSHU style to the ENBUN.
 


KANEMITSU SODEN
OSAFUNE KAGEMITSU          * 5 Sons of KAGEMITSU *
   |___________________ ____________________
___|_______         ___|_____           ____|_____                 
O-KANEMITSU(1)      YOSHIKAGE(1)        YOSHIMITSU(1) KEM-MU 1334  
   | KEM-MU 1334  ____________ _____________|
   |       ______|___      ___|_____    ____|_____                  
   |       YOSHIMITSU(1)   YOSHIKIYO    YOSHIMITSU(2) EN-BUN 1356   
   |        See KOZORI     TEI-JI 1362  ____|____
   |                                    YUKIMITSU KO-O 1389
   |_________________ ______________________________ ___________
___|___________   ___|_____                      ___|_____      |
ENBUN KANEMITSU   MOTOMITSU(1) EN-BUN 1356       TADAMITSU      |
Line follows         |__________________         EN-BUN 1356    |
                  ___|_____      _______|____                   |
                  MOTOMITSU(2)   2nd MOTOMASA                   |
                  O-EI 1394      MEI-TOKU 1390                  |
    ____________________________ ______________________ ________|
___|______                  ____|____               ___|____    |
SHIGEMITSU(3) TEI-JI 1362   TOMOMITSU EN-BUN 1356   MORIMOTO(1) |
___|______         _____________|______________     TEI-JI 1362 |
SHIGEMITSU(4) ____|____     ____|____      ____|____            |
O-EI 1394     MORIMITSU(1)  MOROMITSU(1)   TADAMITSU            |
              SHI-TOKU 1384    - EI-TOKU 1381 -                 |
     _______________________________ ___________ _______________|
____|____                 __________|_____  ____|____    
YOSHIKAGE(2) O-AN 1368    KOZORI KUNITSUNA  MASAMITSU TEI-JI 1362
    |                          TEI-JI 1362      |__________
    |                                       ____|____   ___|____
    |____________ ____________              MASAMITSU   ARIMITSU
____|_____    ___|_____    ___|_____            - O-EI 1394 -
YOSHIKAGE(3)  YOSHIKANE    MITSUKAGE KA-KEI 1387
O-EI 1394     MEI-TOKU 1390   |___________
                          ____|_____   ___|_____ 
                          YOSHITSUNA   HISAMITSU(3) KYO-TOKU 1452
                          KA-KICHI 1441     See O-EI and KOZORI

O-KANEMITSU "The Ten Students"
 
"The Ten Students"
O-KANEMITSU KEM-MU (f: KAGEMITSU): He was born in KO-AN period 
        and died at the age of 83 in the EN-BUN. The long 
        KANEMITSU career spans over 50 years from GEN-KYO 1321 
        era to O-AN 1368 era, and theory has long postulated two
        generations. Old writings claim one long career, but the
        accepted chronology finds O-KANEMITSU in KEM-MU 1334, 
        followed by EN-BUN KANEMITSU. 1st period work should be
        attributed to O-KANEMITSU, 2nd period work to ENBUN 
        KANEMITSU.

        KANEMITSU ITAME will seem soft and is famous for 
        YOKOME-no-KITAE, a circular spreading, and running CHIKEI.
        There is BOTAN "Peony" UTSURI or DAN-DAN "Spotted" UTSURI.
        A comparison of the YAKI-IRE or hardening shows his UTSURI
        master work of the first rank.

O-KANEMITSU 
1st Period: From GEN-KYO 1321 to KAN-O 1350. Dates of KAN-O or 
        before will most likely be attributed to KANEMITSU(1). 
       -SUGATA is late-KAMAKURA/early NAMBOKUCHO, graceful TACHI.
       -Early work: "Stooped-shoulders" KATAOCHI GUNOME pattern
        displays his father's influence. HAMON is small and not 
        boisterous - KO-GUNOME MIDARE BA. A variation in height 
        is seen.

Note: Following TEI-WA 1345 we see the power of the NAMBOKUCHO
sweep sword styles. Elongated point to O-KISSAKI, wide and long
TACHI and wide HIRA-TSUKURI O-TANTO. NAMBOKUCHO wide TACHI is 
usually thin, a SOSHU influence. 



ENBUN KANEMITSU       See ENBUN KANEMITSU School 
2nd Period: Wide and powerful TACHI with elongated KISSAKI and 
        shallow SORI. Narrow SHINOGI-JI. Look for raised SHINOGI.
        KANEMITSU SUGATA is generally thin. Shallow, almost 
        vacuous NIKU.
     -Elongated TANTO or O-TANTO will be wide bladed, thin KASANE
      of shallow NIKU. SAKIZORI.
     -ITAME HADA with YOKOME-no-KITAE. CHIKEI and DAN-DAN UTSURI.
      NIE in JI & HA area. TANTO: UTSURI follows HAMON.

From KAN-O 1350 forward, KANEMITSU GUNOME is KOSHI-HIRAKI style,
that is: pronounced valleys separating figures. This HAMON may 
appear almost a NOTARE, with NIOI "Smoke" at the crests. 
KO-NIEDEKI where NIOI is tightly defined. The variance in height
will fall and rise between HOSO and CHU width.

BOSHI: MIDARE-KOMI with TOGARI or possibly a small KO-MARU. There
will be a shallow KAERI. KANEMITSU BOSHI has been likened to the
flame of a candle and so the phrase, ROSOKU "Candle-flame" BOSHI.

    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE KANEMITSU
         BISHU OSAFUNE JU KANEMITSU
         BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE JU KANEMITSU
         BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE JU SAEMONnoJO FUJIWARA KANEMITSU
                                                     (KAKI-HAN)

O-KANEMITSU Recap:
     - Late-KAMAKURA/early NAMBOKUCHO SUGATA
     - CHIKEI and YOKOME-no-KITAE
     - DAN-DAN UTSURI
     - Resembles father, KAGEMITSU's KATAOCHI "Stooped-shoulders"
       KO-GUNOME MIDARE HA - HAMON is small and varies in height
     - Look for SAN-SAKU style BOSHI - See NAGAMITSU

EN-BUN KANEMITSU:
     - NAMBOKUCHO SUGATA, O-TANTO
     - Many with HORIMONO
     - KOSHI-HIRAKI GUNOME HA
     - ROSOKU "Candle-flame" BOSHI



O-Kanemitsu - Juyo Bunkazai

O-Kanemitsu
Nagasa: 2 Shaku 1 Sun 6 Bu 3 Rin (65.45cm)
Sori: 8 Bu (2.42cm)
Moto-haba: 8 Bu 8 Rin (2.67cm)
Saki-haba: 5 Bu 7 Rin (1.73cm)
Kissaki-naga: 9 Bu 6 Rin (2.61cm)
Moto-kasane: 2 Bu 3 Rin (0.7cm)
saki-kasane: 1 Bu 6 Rin (0.48cm)
Nakago: 6 Sun 1 Bu (18.48cm)


Early work.
Shinogi-tsukuri, Mitsu-mune, Beautiful Koshizori Chu-Kissaki Tachi Sugata with Bo-Hi to Maru-dome.
Strongly standing, running Itame Mokume mix Hada with Ji-Nie and standing Utsuri.
Ko-Nie KataOchi "Stooped Shoulders" Gunome with small Ashi.
Hiro-width Midare Boshi has short Kaeri.
Ubu Tachi-Nakago with one Mekugi-ana.
Signed:

        Bizen-no-Kuni Osafune Ju Kanemitsu
        Kem-mu Ninen Shichi-gatsu Hi





O-Kanemitsu Tanto - Kokuho

O-Kanemitsu Tanto - Kokuho
Nagasa: 24.8cm
Moto-Haba: 2.3cm


Hira-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, wide Mihaba, Uchizori.
Ko-Itame Hada has Ji-Nie and standing Utsuri.
Nie-Deki Kataochi "Stooped-shoulders" Gunome Ba, after his
teacher, Osafune Kagemitsu.
Saagri Togari Boshi with medium Kaeri.
Ubu Haagari Kurijiri Nakago has one Mekugi-ana.

     Bishu Osafune Ju Kanemitsu 












































 
BUNKAZAI FUKUSHIMA O-KANEMITSU "The Ten Students"


Fukushima Masanori
BUNKAZAI FUKUSHIMA KANEMITSU
NAGASA: 2 SHAKU 5.2 SUN  
 SORI: 8 BU 
NAKAGO: 6 SUN 8.6 BU
MOTO-HABA: 1 SUN
SAKI-HABA: 6.5 BU


The sword of FUKUSHIMA MASANORI, TAISHU Governor of GEISHU - AKI at HIROSHIMA, who wavered on IYEYASU's request to rebuild (at MASANORI's expense) HIDEYOSHI's old keep, NAGOYA Castle. See Masanori's Kanabo Nihon-Go, one of the "Three Great Yari"
Dwindling relations led to loss of his lands - exchanged for KAWANAKA-JIMA, KENSHIN and SHINGEN's many battled ground in SHINANO, at 1/10th his former income. 

The FUKUSHIMA KANEMITSU was kept through the EDO Period in KANAZAWA, KAGA Province by the MAEDA Family.

SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, deep KOSHIZORI typical KANEMITSU where width retains through the upper to a broad and markedly elongated CHU-KISSAKI. 
BO-HI takes up the SHINOGI-JI edged by a smaller groove on both sides. They resolve in MARU-DOME before the lower allowing an open canvass for a KURIKARA Dragon and KEN HORIMONO on the OMOTE and three BONJI on the URA. 

KO-ITAME HADA is dressed with standing MIDARE-UTSURI. 

Compact KO-CHOJI KO-GUNOME in tightly defined NIOI find small insistent TOGARI whisking the tops and KO-ASHI cutting definition. 
The tumbling line becomes subtly erratic in the upper where figures gain a slight NOKO feel. 

MIDARE-KOMI BOSHI has similarity to SAN-SAKU BOSHI in that a pull toward the HA above the YOKOTE is followed by a swell. KO-MARU with quickly disappearing KAERI. URA has slight TOGARI. 

UBU, five MEKUGI-ANA NAKAGO is signed near the MUNE. 

TACHI-OMOTE: 
            BISHU OSAFUNE JU KANEMITSU
TACHI-URA: 
           KAN-O NEN HACHI GATSU HI 



Kanemitsu - Kokuho

Kanemitsu - Kokuho
Nagasa: 75.6cm
Moto-Haba: 2.8cm


This date is late for O-Kanemitsu.
Hira-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, elongated O-Kissaki.
Bo-Hi both sides run through the Nakago.
Itame Hada has Ji-Nie and standing Midare-Utsuri.
Nioi-Fukashi Gunome-Midare Ba of different height reach Hako, box-like shapes at their tops. Sunagashi tugs here and there.
Billowing Midare-Komi Boshi has small Ko-Maru and medium Kaeri.
Suriage Kurijiri Nakago has two Mekugi-ana.

     Bizen-no-Kuni Osafune Ju Kanemitsu
    Bunwa Yonnen Ko (x) Juni Gatsu Hi




O-Kanemitsu - Kokuho

O-Kanemitsu - Kokuho
Nagasa: 77.2cm
Moto-Haba: 3cm


Hira-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, strong to Chu-Kissaki. Bo-Hi both sides to Maru-Dome.
Ko-Itame Hada has thin Ji-Nie, Chikei and standing Utsuri.
Ko-Nie-Deki Gunome-Midare Ba with Ashi-iri, Kinsuji and Sunagashi.
Midare-Komi Boshi with very small Ko-Maru and medium Kaeri.
Suriage with slight Kurijiri Nakago has three Mekugi-ana.

     Bizen-no-Kuni Osafune Ju Kanemitsu
    Genko Sannen Hachi Gatsu Hi


O-Kanemitsu - Juyo Token





O-Kanemitsu
Nagasa: 70.4cm
Sori: 1cm
Moto-haba: 2.9cm
Saki-haba: 2.1cm
Kissaki-naga: 5.9cm
nakago: 19.3cm

Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, wide Namboku style, shallow Sori Tachi with O-Kissaki and Bo-Hi running the length.
Running Mokume Hada which stands strongly. Yokome "Eye" Kitae is seen. Chikei is strong and there is prominent Midare-Utsuri.
Ko-Nie Kataochi "Stooped Shoulders" Gunome with Ashi runs easily along. Sunagashi flows and streaming Kinsuji exemplifies. Yo and a few Smoke Togari are seen.
Midare-Komi Boshi to Maru Kaeri.
O-Suriage, Kurijiri Nakago has two Mekugi-ana.
Gold Shumei:
          Kanemitsu
          Honami Koson Cao


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