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Two Waves to Mino
     Early -Hungry new-bloods from YAMATO
     Later -SENGOKU chases the MINO dream
From the staid and quiet of NARA, the young and restless, make their way to MINO.
With KASUGA JINJA letters, YAMATO TEGAI smiths venture north.



Sue-Seki
Around Great Trees, little Mutake grow
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MINO: General Technical

SUGATA
  SENGOKU SUGATA - Medium TORII, medium KISSAKI with a feeling of stoutness.
Blades were made structurally strong. Low MUNE.
HADA    MOKUME, ITAME-MOKU mix. Often a dark carbon-steel with "luster." Many were
peened on the HA, leaving MASA in the SHINOGI-JI or toward the MUNE. MINO
known for MASA on the MUNE.
HAMON   SUGUHA, SUGU KO-MIDARE, GUNOME, GUNOME-MIDARE, O-MIDARE GUNOME, and of
course MINOs' SANBONSUGI.
BOSHI   When one sees JIZO, one thinks MINO. Also MIDARE with no turnback, O-MARU,
KO-MARU.
NAKAGO  The NAKAGO tapers slowly to KURIJIRI. Typical SUE-KOTO signatures of
province, town, and name. MINO often show file-mark styles that lean to the
ornamental. HIGAKI, TAKANOHA, and others.




















Mino is a crossroads

   On one side is SAGAMI, SHINANO and MUSASHI
(from whence EDO), on the other,
YAMASHIRO, SETTSU and YAMATO.   ECHIZEN and KAGA stand with Mino like a wall. A buffer between one side and the other.
More than one thought this land would station central power. It was here that war industry fed the furnace of the SENGOKU.
"The Province of a Thousand Smiths." Here and BIZEN.  In the end, history left SEKIGAHARA to Fuwa Gate and the powerful went home.



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