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KANEMITSU School
YOSHIKAGE(1) KEM-MU (f: KAGEMITSU): See NAGAMITSU School, under
        CHIKAKAGE - See YOASHIKAGE examples in Kagemitsu School.

YOSHIKAGE(2) O-AN (t: KANEMITSU): Son-in-law of CHOGI. There are
        few ZAI-MEI, most are cut down - SURIAGE MU-MEI. 
        KO-NOTARE undulation displays GUNOME-CHOJI BA. GUNOME-
        MIDARE KO-CHOJI. See CHOGI - NAGAYOSHI School and KOZORI
        The YOSHIKAGE signature returns in O-EI and SUE-BIZEN. 
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHIKAGE
         BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE JU YOSHIKAGE

YOSHIKAGE(3) O-EI: O-EI stylist. KOSHI-HIRAKI GUNOME-CHOJI BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHIKAGE

YOSHIKANE MEI-TOKU (t: YOSHIKAGE): MOKUME HADA. KO-MIDARE BA to
        GUNOME KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHIKANE

KUNITSUNA TEI-JI (t: KANEMITSU): To KA-KEI 1387. See KOZORI
    MEI: KUNITSUNA
         KUNIMUNE 

MITSUKAGE KA-KEI (f: KUNITSUNA, t: YOSHIKAGE): From EI-WA 1375 to
        RYAKU-O 1338. YOSHIKAGE School. SODEN stylist where his
        CHOJI BA and KO-MIDARE with SAKA ASHI-IRI resembles
        CHIKAKAGE. Cut slanting characters near the MUNE.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MITSUKAGE                  
         BISHU OSAFUNE JU MITSUKAGE 

HISAMITSU(3) KYO-TOKU (f: MITSUKAGE): 2nd HISAMITSU was son of
        MORIKAGE (see O-EI BIZEN MORIKAGE Group). KYO-TOKU sees 
        the blushing OEI KOSHI-HIRAKI styles fade to the harder
        KO-GUNOME and KO-CHOJI of the emerging MUROMACHI BIZEN. 
        See KANSHO BIZEN for the styles and their masters. 
See HISAMITSU(2) in OEI.
     BISHU OSAFUNE HISAMITSU YOSHITSUNA KA-KICHI (f: MITSUKAGE): KANSHO MUROMACHI style. A          YOSHII YOSHITSUNA is found in MEI-O 1492.     MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHITSUNA


KANEMITSU School
YOSHIMITSU(1) KEM-MU (br: KANEMITSU, f: KAGEMITSU): Second son.
        YOSHI form: GI "Justice." Born: KO-AN 6, 1283, died:
        BUN-WA 4, 1355. Like his brother, the YOSHIMITSU career
        span is some 50 years. And although a one generation 
        theory was posed, present thought places two: 
        YOSHIMITSU(1) from GEN-KYO 1321 to BUN-WA 1352, and 
        YOSHIMITSU(2) EN-BUN 1356 to EI-WA 1375. YOSHIMITSU(1)
        made swords during the beginning of the NANCHO Southern
        Cause period. Like KANEMITSU(1), he made father OSAFUNE
        KAGEMITSU style KATAOCHI "Stooped-shoulders" GUNOME HA
        with KO-ASHI IRI. 
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE JU YOSHIMITSU
         BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE YOSHIMITSU

YOSHIMITSU(2) EN-BUN: SABEIDAYU. Worked from EN-BUN 1356 to EI-WA
        1375. Swords resemble KANEMITSU, long TACHI with 
        elongated KISSAKI. TOGARI on GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE BA. His
        KATAOCHI "stooped-shoulders" GUNOME will seem evenly set
        and rather changeless. A NOTARE feel to the KO-NIE HAMON
        is said to differ him from KANEMITSU. Long and small MEI
        in the SHINOGI-JI.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHIMITSU
         BISHU OSAFUNE JU YOSHIMITSU
         BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE YOSHIMITSU
         BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE JU YOSHIMITSU
         BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE JU SABEIDAYU YOSHIMITSU
         BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE SABEIDAYU FUJIWARA YOSHIMITSU

YUKIMITSU KO-O (f: YOSHIMITSU): KO-GUNOME CHOJI BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YUKIMITSU

YOSHIKIYO TEI-JI (t: YOSHIMITSU): From TEI-WA 1345 to O-AN 1368.
        TANTO. KATAOCHI GUNOME HA resembles YOSHIMITSU. 
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHIKIYO



Yoshimitsu Tachi - Kokuho

Yoshimitsu Tachi - Kokuho
Nagasa: 76.8cm
Moto-Haba: 3cm

Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, Koshizori, Chu-Kissaki Tachi.
Bo-Hi both sides to Maru-Dome.

Standing Itame Mokume Hada are mixed. There is Utsuri.
Generally Hoso-width Nioi-Deki Gunome Choji-Midare Ba with Ashi. Hamon becomes more engaged with the Mokume Hada of the mid.
Midare-Komi Boshi.
   Bishu Osafune Ju Yoshimitsu
   Kemmu Yonnen Juni Gatsu Hi


KANEMITSU School
TOMOMITSU EN-BUN (t: KANEMITSU, f: KAGEMITSU): Youngest son 
whose teacher was his older brother. Work from TEI-WA
1345 to EI-WA 1375. Made NAMBOKUCHO TACHI and TANTO -
wide, thin blade with elongated KISSAKI. CHIKEI rises
in MOKUME HADA that shows JI-NIE and standing MIDARE-
UTSURI.
KO-NIE GUNOME-CHOJI with ASHI and YO swings on a gentle
NOTARE wave. MIDARE-BOSHI with TOGARI head and HAKIKAKE.    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE JU TOMOMITSU         BISHU JU OSAFUNE TOMOMITSU MOROMITSU(1) EI-TOKU (f: TOMOMITSU): Father of O-EI MORIMITSU
of "The Three MITSUs" of O-EI BIZEN. MOKUME. KOSHI-HIRAKI        GUNOME-CHOJI BA with ASHI and YO. MIDARE-BOSHI finds        KO-MARU turnback. See O-EI BIZEN    MEI: MOROMITSU         BISHU OSAFUNE MOROMITSU MORIMITSU(1) SHI-TOKU (f: TOMOMITSU, br: MOROMITSU): O-AN 1368
to O-EI 1394. MOKUME. GUNOME-CHOJI BA. See O-EI BIZEN    MEI: MORIMITSU         BISHU OSAFUNE MORIMITSU

KANEIYE BUN-WA: KANE form: HO "Wrap". Work from BUN-WA through
EI-WA 1375. WAZAMONO.
BISHU OSAFUNE KANEIYE

TADAMITSU(3) EN-BUN: 1st TADAMITSU is from NAGAMITSU era SHO-O       1288. The 2nd, from GEN-KYO 1321, is the time of        KAGEMITSU. ENBUN TADAMITSU is said possibly a pupil of       O-KANEMITSU, whose style this work strongly resembles.       TACHI and TANTO from KO-EI 1342 to TEI-JI 1362. Soft        MOKUME HADA has standing UTSURI. NIOI ASAKI-NOTARE        undulation of KANEMITSU(1) style KATAOCHI "Stooped-       shoulders" GUNOME HA.   MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE JU TADAMITSU TADAMITSU(4) EI-TOKU (t: TOMOMITSU): O-EI GOROZAEMON TADAMITSU
is associated to O-EI BIZEN and the 3rd or 4th would be
his father. See O-EI BIZEN  MOKUME HADA. GUNOME-CHOJI.        JIROSAEMON TADAMITSU is the son of IYEMORI. See KOZORI    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE TADAMITSU















Osafune Tomomitsu O-Dachi

Chodai O-Dachi. Gose Haiyo-mono. Wide-bodied Nambokucho style with O-Kissaki.
Itame Hada has Utsuri.
Kataochi "Stooped Shoulders" Gunome-Midare Ba in the school style.
Midare Ko-Maru Boshi.
O-Suriage Nakago has three-Mekugi-ana and closes Kirijiri.

 
Osafune Tomomitsu




Tomomitsu Tachi - Kokuho

Tomomitsu Tachi - Kokuho
Nagasa: 125cm - 4 Shaku 1 Sun 2 Bu 5 Rin
Moto=Haba: 4.4cm

Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, Koshizori, elongated O-Kissaki.
Bo-Hi on both upper halves. Tachi-Ura has two Bonji and Omote has Kurikara and Vajra Ken.
Ko-Itame Hada has thin Ji-Nie and Utsuri.
O-Midare of Gunome Choji with Ashi and Yo is strafed of Sunagashi creating Tobi-Yaki and Nijuba of great variation.
Nioi is tight and Nie is Mura.
Ubu Nakago has one Mekugi-ana.

    Bishu Osafune Tomomitsu
   Tei-Ji Gonen Ni gatsu Hi


KANEMITSU School
MOTOMITSU(1) EN-BUN (f: KANEMITSU): SABEInoJO. Son and student.
        KO-EI 1342 to EI-WA 1375. Resembles father, KANEMITSU. 
        There are wide bladed ZAI-MEI with O-KISSAKI. Standing 
        MOKUME HADA has CHIKEI and JI-NIE. NIOI-DEKI KATAOCHI
        "Stooped-shoulders" GUNOME where KO-NIE and NIOI-FUKASHI
        figures appear angular or squarish in a gently undulating
        NOTARE roll. MIDARE BOSHI rises to a small KO-MARU head.
        2nd in O-EI 1394. Another in MEI-O 1492.
     BIZENnoKUNI MOTOMITSU
     BISHU OSAFUNE MOTOMITSU
     BIZEN-no-KUNI JU OSAFUNE SABEInoJO MOTOMITSU


MOTOMITSU(2) O-EI: O-EI stylist. MOKUME, GUNOME-CHOJI BA.     MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MOTOMITSU          BISHU OSAFUNE JU MOTOMITSU MORIMOTO(1) TEI-JI (t: KANEMITSU): TEI-JI 1362 to O-AN 1368.          Small patterned YAKIBA in the style of KANEMITSU. 2nd          MORIMOTO, son of MORIHISA. See KOZORI School     MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MORIMOTO SHIGEMITSU(3) TEI-JI: Son or student of O-KANEMITSU. The first         SHIGEMITSU was son of NAGAMITSU and schooled with          KAGEMITSU, 2nd SHIGEMITSU was son of KAGEMITSU. MOKUME          HADA. NIOI KOSHI-HIRAKI GUNOME-CHOJI BA. Also ENBUN          KANEMITSU made TOGARI popular for this time.     MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE JU SHIGEMITSU SHIGEMITSU(4) O-EI: The main line OSAFUNE masters always named a         younger son, SHIGEMITSU. They are hand in hand through          the generations. The SHIGEMITSU line seemed to keep with         some form of KAGEMITSU's KATAOCHI "Stooped-shoulders."          See KAGEMITSU School, SHIGEMITSU(1).         MOKUME HADA. Thin ASHI-IRI defines KO-GUNOME of O-EI          GUNOME-CHOJI BA. Line continues in SUE-BIZEN.     MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE SHIGEMITSU


Motomitsu
Nagasa: 2 Shaku 5 Sun 1 Bu (76.05cm)
Sori: 6 Bu (1.97cm)
Moto-haba: 9 Bu 8 Rin (2.97cm)
Saki-haba: 6 Bu 4 Rin (1.94cm)
Kissaki-naga: 9 Bu 8 Rin (2.64cm)
Moto-kasane: 2 Bu 2 Rin (0.67cm)
Saki-kasane: 1 Bu 8 Rin (0.55cm)
Nakago: 7 Sun 6 Bu (23.34cm)


Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, Koshizori Tachi with Chu-Kissaki.
Tight Itame, Mokume mix with Ji-Nie and Chikei.
Gunome-Midare and Togari Ba fight it out in a moving Chu-width Notare line. Ko-Ashi and Yo define in the deep Nioi-Fukashi and Ko-Nie Hamon.
Midare-Komi Boshi to Ko-maru, Hakikake turn.
Suriage Kurijiri Nakago has one filled Ana from several mounts. Signed on Ji in the lower:

   Bishu Osafune Motomitsu

 



































MASAMITSU(1) TEI-JI (f: KANEMITSU): Son and student. This is a long 
career from which we see two distinct style periods.
Early work is in O-KANEMITSU style, possibly exemplified
by KATAOCHI Stooped Shoulders GUNOME. Later, he is teacher
for his own school during the times of the KOZORI.
Work from that period may appear KOZORI in style.
Generally, smiths were creatures of their time. Early work
sings the song of their teacher, as with KANEMITSU's use
of the KAGEMITSU KATAOCHI GUNOME. Later, many make the
styles of the time, such as KOZORI or when MORIMITSU's
KOSHI-HIRAKI swept across OEI Japan.
Work for MASAMITSU is seen from EN-BUN 1356 to MEI-TOKU
1390. MASA form: SEI "Administration." O-EI MASAMITSU
is said the 2nd generation, however MASAMITSU(1) was active
to OEI ROKU-NEN - 1399.
MOKUME HADA may be intensely worked. JINIE and CHIKEI.
Look for Utsuri.
Early shows KATAOCHI "Stooped-shoulders" GUNOME HA in the
style of KANEMITSU(1). ASHI comes within KO-GUNOME and
ASAKI-NOTARE KO-GUNOME MIDARE BA. HAMON patterns are
generally low. Look for NIE HAKIKAKE brushing HOTSURE
from figures.
See KOZORI MASAMITSU School.      MEI: MASAMITSU          BISHU OSAFUNE MASAMITSU
MASAMITSU(1) Recap: -Knit HADA with concise CHIKEI
-UTSURI
-KATAOCHI "Stooped-Shoulders GUNOME
-NIE HAKIKAKE
-Bright NIOI and NIE

MASAMITSU(2) O-EI: His work is thought starting from KO-O 1389.         O-EI stylist shows GUNOME-CHOJI BA.     MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MASAMITSU ARIMITSU(1) O-EI (f: MASAMITSU): KOZORI smith listed with          MASAMITSU. See KOZORI ________ KAGETOMO MEI-TOKU 1390            Part of the OEI style revolution. Work into the OEI.
MOKUME HADA. KOSHI-HIRAKI GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE BA and         CHOJI-MIDARE BA.     MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE KAGETOMO ________ TOMONORI MEI-TOKU 1390            MOKUME. SUGUHA and KOSHI-HIRAKI GUNOME HA.     MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE TOMONORI


Masamitsu Naginata-Naoshi
Nagasa: 74cm
Sori: 1.95cm
Moto-haba: 2.95cm
Nakago: 19.8cm


Naginata-Naoshi Tsukuri, Mitsu-mune, wide blade. Naginata Hi with raised Shinogi-taka, thick Kasane and gentle curve.
Running Itame Hada holds ultra-fine JiNie and thin Chikei. Utsuri stands just along the
low and balanced Hamon.
Showing his early work roots, as passed from Kagemitsu to his teacher O-Kanemitsu, this Yakiba shows Kataochi "Stoop-Shoulders" Gunome with Hako, squared tops, Togari and some smoke Hotsure.
Nioi is bright and Ko-Nie becomes thick, another Masamitsu definer. Brushed Sunagashi settles in Ko-Ashi and strong Kinsuji streams through the upper. Hakikake pulls Hotsure from tops.
Midare Hakikake Boshi has Tachi-Omote with slight Tsuki-age while Yaki-zume finds Ura.
O-Suriage Kirijiri Nakago has one Mekugi-ana.


Motomitsu Tachi


Masamitsu Naginata-Naoshi

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