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BIZEN




BIZEN KOZORI School 

KOZORI smiths made blades in the style of KANEMITSU School.
The name is either derived from the name of its founder, KOZORI
KUZAEMON; or its founder was named for the school - a school which
would moniker smiths of the post-KANEMITSU SODEN and their 
reduced SORI SUGATA.
Later: Often low KO-GUNOME that tends to TOGARI or rounded 
GUNOME resembling YOSHII School. MOKUME. SUGUHA, GUNOME-CHOJI.

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KO-OSAFUNE KAGEHIDE(1) SHO-GEN 1259 _________             
___|______                              NORITSUNA KA-GEN 1303 
SHIGEYOSHI(1) KA-GEN 1303               ___|______            
   |___________________________         YOSHITSUNA(1) SHO-WA 1312
___|______                  ___|____                   __________
SHIGEYOSHI(2) GEN-KO 1331   SHIGEIYE(1) KEM-MU 1334    SHIGETSUGU
   |__________________________ _______________________ _________
___|______                 ___|___                 ___|______   |
SHIGEYOSHI(3) TEI-JI 1362  NARIIYE(1) TEI-JI 1362  MITSUSHIGE   |
   |________________       ___|____                EN-BUN 1356  |
___|_____-brthrs-___|____  MITSUIYE O-AN 1368      _______      |
YASUMITSU        YASUSADA  ________                IYEMORI(2)   |
   - See O-EI BIZEN -      NORISUKE EI-WA 1375     EN-BUN 1356  |
    _________________________ _____________ ____________________|
___|_____                 ___|_____     ___|_____               |
YOSHIKUNI TEI-JI 1362     NAGASHIGE     SADAMITSU TEI-JI 1362   |
   |______________________  O-EI 1394   ___|____                |
___|_____              ___|____         SANEMASA O-EI 1394      |
YOSHISADA O-EI 1394    SADAMASA     ______________              |
___|_____              O-EI 1394    ABE SHIGETSUGU TEI-WA 1345  |
YOSHIHISA EI-KYO 1429               __________|___              |
                                    OEI SHIGETSUGU O-EI 1394    |
   ___________________________________________ _________________|
__|_____________                           ___|____            
KOZORI MORIMITSU(1)                        SHIGEIYE EN-BUN 1356
  | TEI-JI 1362                            ___|____            
  |                                        MOTOYASU MEI-TOKU 1390 
  |_________________ _________________ ____________________ ____
__|______     ______|__            ___|___        _________|___ |
MORIMITSU(2)  SHIGEHISA O-EI 1394  IYEMORI(3)     OMIYA MORIIYE |
O-EI 1394     ______|___           SHI-TOKU 1384      O-EI 1394 |
              TSUGUMITSU         ___________ ____________ ______|
________     See O-EI BIZEN  ___|___     ___|____     ___|____   
MORIYUKI(1)                  NARIIYE(2)  MORIHISA(2)  MORIMASA(2)
O-EI 1394                              - O-EI 1394 -



YOSHITSUNA SHO-WA (f: NORITSUNA): Line from FUKUOKA NOBUFUSA 
        School. MOKUME. CHOJI BA with ASHI. Generations said 
        following to the KAN-SHO. 
        See KOZORI MASAMITSU - MITSUKAGE
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHITSUNA

BIZEN KOZORI School
SHIGEYOSHI(1) KA-GEN (f: KAGEHIDE): ABE SHIGEYOSHI. SHIOTA JU.
        Original KOZORI Founder. Son and student of OSAFUNE 
        KAGEHIDE. KO-NIE CHOJI KO-MIDARE BA.
    MEI: SHIGEYOSHI
         ABE SHIGEYOSHI
         BIZEN-no-KUNI JU SHIGEYOSHI
         BIZEN-no-KUNI SHIODA JUNIN SHIGEYOSHI

SHIGEIYE(1) KEM-MU (t: SHIGEYOSHI): Tradition taught KAGEHIDE was
        the father, but now SHIGEIYE is thought the son of 
        SHIGEYOSHI. MOKUME HADA. KO-CHOJI KO-MIDARE BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE SHIGEIYE

SHIGEYOSHI(2) GEN-KO: KOZORI-KUZAEMON is the root or founder. 
        Word of mouth reference named the school - or the man.
        SUGATA: Late KAMAKURA/early NAMBOKUCHO TACHI. MOKUME 
        HADA. KO-NIE DEKI GUNOME-CHOJI mix.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE SHIGEYOSHI
         BISHU OSAFUNE JU SHIGEYOSHI

SHIGEYOSHI(3) TEI-JI: KOZORI son. Father of O-EI YASUMITSU. From
        TEI-JI to MEI-TOKU 1390. There is a 7.3 SUN UCHIZORI, 
        HIRA-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE TANTO with thick KASANE. 
        Standing MOKUME runs. BO-UTSURI. Tightly defined NIOI 
        SUGUHA or ASAKI-NOTARE BA. One expects KO-NIE GUNOME-
        CHOJI MIDARE BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE SHIGEYOSHI

YASUMITSU O-EI (f: SHIGEYOSHI 3): "The Three MITSUs" MOKUME HADA. 
           GUNOME-MIDARE. See O-EI BIZEN

YASUSADA O-EI (br: YASUMITSU): See O-EI BIZEN


SHIGEIYE(2) EN-BUN (f: SHIGEYOSHI 2): Resembles KANEMITSU School.
        Work to O-AN 1368. MOKUME. Small patterned KO-CHOJI 
        KO-MIDARE BA. Slight up-tilt with slight arc to horizontal
        strokes. HIDE seems cursive.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE SHIGEIYE

NARIIYE TEI-JI (f: SHIGEYOSHI): From BUN-WA 1352 to EI-TOKU 1381.
        MOKUME HADA. NIOI KO-CHOJI KO-MIDARE or GUNOME-CHOJI 
        MIDARE resembling KANEMITSU style. 
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE NARIIYE
         BISHU OSAFUNE JU NARIIYE
         BIZEN-no-KUNI JU NARIIYE


MITSUIYE O-AN (t: NARIIYE): MOKUME HADA. SUGUHA with ASHI-IRI and 
           GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE KO-CHOJI BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MITSUIYE
         BISHU OSAFUNE JU MITSUIYE

BIZEN KOZORI School
MITSUSHIGE EN-BUN (f: SHIGEYOSHI): ABE Group. EN-BUN to TEI-JI
        1362. Standing MOKUME HADA. SUGU GUNOME-CHOJI BA and 
        KO-MIDARE of KO-CHOJI BA. MITSUSHIGE is found in KO-BIZEN,
        MOTOSHIGE Group and KOZORI School.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MITSUSHIGE
         BIZEN OSAFUNE MITSUSHIGE
         BISHU JUNIN MITSUSHIGE SAKU

NAGASHIGE O-EI (f: MITSUSHIGE): O-EI style.
   MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE NAGASHIGE


SADAMITSU TEI-JI (f: KUZAEMON SHIGEYOSHI): TEI-JI 1362 to EI-TOKU
        1381. His style is classic SUGATA. MOKUME HADA with 
        CHOJI BA HAMON. KOZORI style with GUNOME-CHOJI BA is 
        considered O-EI. Signed in fairly thick, clear strokes.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE SADAMITSU
         BIZEN OSAFUNE SADAMITSU
         BIZEN OSAFUNE JUNIN SADAMITSU

SANEMASA O-EI (t: SADAMITSU): Long TANTO. MOKUME. GUNOME-CHOJI.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE SANEMASA


YOSHIKUNI TEI-JI (t: SHIGEYOSHI): YOSHI form: RYO "Good." MOKUME.
        GUNOME-MIDARE and CHOJI BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHIKUNI

SADAMASA O-EI (t: YOSHIKUNI): Last trickle in KAGEMITSU line.
        MOKUME HADA. GUNOME-CHOJI BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE SADAMASA

YOSHISADA O-EI (f: YOSHIKUNI): YOSHI form: RYO. MOKUME HADA.
        GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHISADA

YOSHIHISA EI-KYO (t: YOSHISADA): YOSHI form: RYO "Good." O-EI's
        BO-UTSURI knifes through MOKUME. KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA calls
        the EI-KYO.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YOSHIHISA

BIZEN KOZORI School
MORIMITSU(1) TEI-JI (f: SHIGEYOSHI 2): MORI form: SHU "Protect"
        TEI-JI 1362 to O-AN 1368. Son and student. KANEMITSU 
        style, wide valleys GUNOME-CHOJI BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MORIMITSU

MORIMITSU(2) O-EI (f: MORIMITSU 1): Long career. Normal width,
        thick backed TACHI. MOKUME HADA has strongly standing 
        BO-UTSURI to mark this O-EI stylist. Small patterned 
        GUNOME-CHOJI with KO-CHOJI mixed.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MORIMITSU

IYEMORI(3) SHI-TOKU (f: MORIMITSU, t: OSAFUNE YOSHIKAGE): Studied
        under YOSHIKAGE, see KOZORI IYEMORI - TADAMITSU Line

NARIIYE(2) O-EI (f: MORIMITSU 1): KANEMITSU inspired, O-EI style
        KOSHI-HIRAKI "Open valleys" GUNOME-CHOJI BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE NARIIYE


MORIHISA(2) O-EI (f: MORIMITSU 1): Worked through the O-EI. 
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MORIHISA SAKU

MORIMASA O-EI (f: MORIMITSU): MASA form: SEI "administration." 
           Work to EI-KYO 1429. MOKUME. GUNOME HA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MORIMASA

SHIGEHISA O-EI (f: MORIMITSU): O-EI GUNOME-CHOJI BA. See O-EI
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE SHIGEHISA

SHIGETSUGU KEM-MU: NAGAMITSU/KAGEMITSU BIZEN.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE JU SHIGETSUGU

SHIGETSUGU TEI-WA: ABE SHIGETSUGU. KOZORI work forward of EN-GEN
        1336.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE SHIGETSUGU

SHIGETSUGU O-EI: Becomes OEI stylist from the ABE KOZORI of 
        EI-WA 1375. GUNOME-CHOJI BA HAMON patterns.
    MEI: SHIGETSUGU
         BISHU OSAFUNE SHIGETSUGU

BIZEN KOZORI School
________                  
MORIHISA(1) TEI-JI 1362   
___|____                                ________
MORIMOTO(2) EI-TOKU 1381                MORIYUKI(1) MEI-TOKU 1390
   |____________ __________                    
___|____     ___|___    ___|____               
MORIMOTO(3)  IYEHIDE    MORIYUKI(2) EI-KYO 1429
    - O-EI 1394 -

MORIHISA(1) TEI-JI: MOKUME. KO-GUNOME MIDARE HA with ASHI-IRI and
        GUNOME-CHOJI BA. Note: MORIHISA(2) is son of the first 
        MORIMITSU of the main SHIGEYOSHI(2) line, see the
        preceding.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MORIHISA
         BISHU OSAFUNE JU MORIHISA

MORIMOTO(2) EI-TOKU (f: MORIHISA): To the O-EI. 1st generation in
           KANEMITSU School. MOKUME. KO-MIDARE BA. 3rd: O-EI 1394
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MORIMOTO

IYEHIDE O-EI (f: MORIMOTO): MOKUME. SUGUHA, KO-MIDARE BA and 
        GUNOME-CHOJI BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE IYEHIDE

MORIYUKI(1) O-EI: From MEI-TOKU 1390. O-EI stylist.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MORIYUKI

MORIYUKI(2) EI-KYO (f: MORIMOTO): Worked through EI-KYO period.
    MEI: BIZEN OSAFUNE MORIYUKI

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OSAFUNE MORIMASA TEI-JI 1362

MORIMASA TEI-JI: MORI form: SEI "Prosperous." Standing BO-UTSURI 
           dresses MOKUME. Evenly set NIOI-DEKI GUNOME patterns.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MORIMASA
________
MORIHIDE KO-O 1389
           From KO-O to MEI-TOKU 1390 period.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MORIHIDE
_________
TSUNESADA MEI-TOKU 1390
           MOKUME. KOSHI-HIRAKI GUNOME MIDARE BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE TSUNESADA

BIZEN KOZORI School
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MORITOMO O-AN 1368
___|_____
MUNEYOSHI EI-KYO 1429
___|____
NORIHIDE BUN-AN 1444
___|____
KATSUIYE EI-SHO 1504

MORITOMO O-AN: Worked to the EI-KYO.

MUNEYOSHI EI-KYO (f: MORITOMO): From EI-KYO to O-NIN 1467.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MUNEYOSHI
         BIZEN-no-KUNI MUNEYOSHI SAKU

NORIHIDE BUN-AN (f: MUNEYOSHI): Worked from the OEI into the
        later BUN-MEI. KOZORI.
     BISHU OSAFUNE NORIHIDE

KATSUIYE EI-SHO (f: NORIHIDE): SUE-BIZEN
     BISHU OSAFUNE KATSUIYE


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MORITOSHI O-EI 1394
___|_____
MORITOSHI KYO-TOKU 1452
___|_____
MORITOSHI KYO-ROKU 1528

MORITOSHI O-EI: MORI form: SHU "Protector." MOKUME has BO-UTSURI.
        NIOI GUNOME-CHOJI BA. All three signed the same. Judge 
        according to style.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MORITOSHI

_________
YUKIMITSU(1) O-AN 1368
___|_____
YUKIMITSU(2) O-EI 1394
___|_____
YUKIMITSU(3) KA-KICHI 1441
        See SUE-BIZEN for coming smiths

YUKIMITSU(1) O-AN: YUKI form: KO "Good fortune." From O-AN 1368 
           to KA-KEI 1387. MOKUME. NIOI-DEKI GUNOME-CHOJI BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YUKIMITSU

YUKIMITSU(2) O-EI: MOKUME. KO-MIDARE to GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE BA. 
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YUKIMITSU

YUKIMITSU(3) KA-KICHI (t: YUKIMASA): MASA: SEI. To CHO-ROKU 1457. 
           Made CHOJI BA. Coming smiths march the SENGOKU. 
           See SUE-BIZEN
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE YUKIMITSU

BIZEN KOZORI School
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MITSUCHIKA O-AN 1368
___|_____
MITSUMORI(1) MEI-TOKU 1390
___|_____
MITSUMORI(2) KA-KICHI 1441

MITSUCHIKA O-AN: From O-AN 1368 to the O-EI. MOKUME HADA. SUGUHA
        and GUNOME-MIDARE BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MITSUCHIKA
         BISHU OSAFUNE JU MITSUCHIKA

MITSUMORI(1) MEI-TOKU (f: MITSUCHIKA): Work to O-EI 8. MOKUME.
        SUGUHA and KO-GUNOME MIDARE/KO-CHOJI BA with ASHI-IRI.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MITSUMORI

MITSUMORI(2) KA-KICHI: To BUN-SHO 1466. Some TOGARI noted.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE MITSUMORI 
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