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MINO
           KINJU "The Ten Students"




KINJU School: O-ITAME with MASA creates running HADA with CHIKEI.
SUGU GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE, MIDARE BA, O-MIDARE O-NOTARE HOTSURE.
GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE with SUNAGASHI, KINSUJI and INAZUMA. JI-NIE.
O-MARU BOSHI.
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KINJU EN-BUN 1356
   |____________________ _____________________ ___________
___|____ -brothers- ____|____             ____|____   ____|____
KANEYUKI O-AN 1368  KANEMITSU MEI-TOKU    KANEMITSU   KANESHIGE 
   |___________________             1390   ___|____    TEI-JI 1362
___|____           ____|___                KANEHIRO 
KANEHIRO OEI 1394 KANESATO MEI-TOKU 1390 KYO-TOKU 1452
 
"The Ten Students"
- See The Ten Students KINJU EN-BUN (f: MOTOSHIGE): A founder at SEKI, his Buddhist name      was DOAMI, said priest at SEISENJI in ECHIZEN. He       transferred to SEKI and made swords. A signed sword       testifies his father as MOTOSHIGE.        As one of the legendary "Ten Students" of MASAMUNE, we       expect to see the masterful application of SOSHU style KITAE       and YAKIBA. However, his recorded work from EN-BUN 1356 to       O-AN 1368 shows the YAMATO SENJUIN descended, HOKURIKU       forging-characteristics, - which throws doubt on this always       shrinking fraternity. Some long featured ornaments of sword       study, such as the "Ten Students" were myths, or partial       myths, originally created, or seized upon, by the then ever-      active EDO fantasy writers.      Genuine KINJU are highly refined works showing the flavor       and style of the outlying HOKURIKU.      KINJU made NAMBOKUCHO style TACHI and TANTO: wide, thin       blade with shallow SORI and even curve. MITSU-MUNE.       Standing SHIRAKI O-ITAME HADA mixes with MASAME to create       the running HADA appearance. YUBASHIRI appears in the JI.       HOKURIKU is "dark" KURO steel.       SUNAGASHI runs through NIE-DEKI KO-GUNOME that has a slight      KO-NOTARE wave to the line. KOSHI-HIRAKI GUNOME-MIDARE BA       with SUNAGASHI and TOBI-YAKI, GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE BA marked       of particularly round or outsized and looping GUNOME heads       known as KENBO MIDARE or KANEFUSA MIDARE.       BOSHI is O-MARU with NOTARE TOGARI and HAKIKAKE "swept."       HORIMONO are unusual or esoteric religious motifs, another       area showing outlying themes.      YASURI is KATTE SAGARI on short NAKAGO, an expected       NAMBOKUCHO feature.

KANEYUKI O-AN 1368 (f: KINJU): UEMON-no-JO. OSHIGATA show us
ASAKI-NOTARE lines of GUNOME-MIDARE BA in NIE.
KANEYUKI

KANESATO MEI-TOKU 1390 (f: KANEYUKI): KINJU School smith.
KANESATO

KANEHIRO OEI (f: KANEYUKI):
KANE form: "Gold" SEKI. NIJI MEI.

KANEMITSU MEI-TOKU 1390 (f: KINJU, br: KANEYUKI): KANE form: "Gold"
SEKI smith. Younger brother of KANEYUKI. Strong ITAME with
MASAME that runs.
KOSHI-HIRAKI style GUNOME-MIDARE BA with streaming SUNAGASHI.
There is much JIBA on dark MINO steel.
KANEMITSU

KANEMITSU EI-WA 1375 f: TEGAI KANENAGA): Third son. UEMON-no-JO.
Originally from YAMATO, he first signed with the "HO' KANE
form, as did YAMATO smiths. Then changed to "Bushel" form.
 He was the adopted son-in-law of KANEYUKI and moved to SEKI.
He becomes a MINO Founder and leader at SEKI.
Work period is from EI-TOKU 1381 into the OEI.
Made TACHI, TANTO with thick KASANE. HOSO-SUGUHA.
His name is passed and honored in all the MINO schools
throughout the coming SENGOKU.
KANEMITSU

KANEHIRO KYO-TOKU (f: KANEMITSU): KANE form: "Gold". SEKI smith.
KANEHIRO
Kinju Dambira

Kinju Dambira
NAGASA: 29.7cm  SORI: 0.3cm 

HIRA-TSUKURI, MITSU-MUNE. Typical SOSHU dress, SUGATA and HORI, the  sword is now thin from polish. 

ITAME MOKUME mix still swirls with CHIKEI under JI-NIE.

A calm KO-MIDARE BA of GUNOME in KO-NIE is strafed with SUNAGASHI while  TOBI-YAKI mimics HITATSURA.  MIDARE-KOMI BOSHI turns on a small KO-MARU where a long fall simulates  TSUKI-AGE. 

HORI OMOTE is the Four Pillers, URA has SUKEN with claw.

Two MEKUGI-ANA, UBU NAKAGO sweeps down to small SOSHU-like HA-AGARI JIRI  and his large two-character MEI.
    Kinju


Kinju Nagamaki-Naoshi




Kinju Nagamaki-Naoshi

Nagasa: 70.3cm
Sori: 1.8cm
Moto-haba: 3.1cm
Saki-haba 3cm


Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori mune, wide bladed, raised Shinogi-taka with shallow Sori and O-Kissaki.
Koshibi, both sides.
Strongly defined and well-seated Itame with swirling Mokume has JiNie.
Asaki-Notare holds Hakikake and Sunagashi brushed Nie Midare Ba with Ko-Gunome arguing its place.
Midare-Komi, Hakikake Boshi runs Yaki-zume.
O-Suriage Nakago has three Mekugi-ana
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Images: Copyright Darcy Brockbank, used with permission. - nihonto.ca/


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