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OSAFUNE NAGAMITSU School - SANENAGA

~NAGAMITSU SAN-SAKU~
SANENAGA KA-GEN (f: MITSUTADA, br: NAGAMITSU): KIJIRO. HEIKURO.
        SAKON SHOGEN. Dates of SHO-AN 1299 to EN-KEI 1308 are 
        associated to this smith. 1299 is acceptable for a son 
        of MITSUTADA (up to BUN-EI), but there are statements of
        two generations and there are swords that would, 
        stylistically, not seem out of place for the BUN-EI 1264
        period. Therefore it is possible that this is ANENAGA(2)
        under the following scenario:
           _________
           MITSUTADA RYAKU-NIN 1238 to BUN-EI 1264
               |__________
           ____|____   ___|____
           NAGAMITSU   SANENAGA(1) BUN-EI 1264 to KO-AN 1278
                       ___|____
                       SANENAGA(2) SHO-AN 1299 to EN-KEI 1308
                        NAGAMITSU Student and SAN-SAKU Smith

        Narrow KOSHIZORI TACHI with the post mid-KAMAKURA FUNBARI
        (tapering in the MONOUCHI). Thick blades with NIKU have 
        raised SHINOGI. Some with BO-HI and double grooves, but
        rarely found. KO-MOKUME with MASAME has CHIKEI. There 
        will be JIFU or MIDARE-UTSURI. SUGUHA holds KO-GUNOME 
        MIDARE BA in a tight NIOI. His is a slightly undulating,
        tight NIOI SUGUHA of CHOJI/KO-CHOJI BA where figures can
        be SAKA, or leaning. BOSHI can be a shallow MIDARE-KOMI
        ripple to KO-MARU but look for a variation of the famous
        SAN-SAKU BOSHI - which pulls for the edge above the 
        YOKOTE and takes a swell, perhaps followed subtly by a
        second before a small KO-MARU turn near the SAKI. 
        Somewhat curved NAKAGO with KURIJIRI.
     SANENAGA
     BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE JUNIN SANENAGA TSUKURU
     BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE JUNIN TAIRA SANENAGA TSUKURU

MITSUNAGA KEM-MU (f: SANENAGA): MITSUNAGA is the supposed father
        of CHOGI and NAGASHIGE. Published dates running to the 
        ENBUN ardently argue. A footnote, regardless, as CHOGI is
        a time of the SODEN. The point to be recalled with 
        lineage is the passing of style, STYLE = TIME. MITSUNAGA
        MEI will present the style of SANENAGA, his son CHOGI 
        brought his SOSHU experience back to BIZEN.
     BIZENnoKUNI JU MITSUNAGA
     BIZENnoKUNI OSAFUNE JU MITSUNAGA
           _________
           MITSUTADA _____
           ____|____   ___|____
           NAGAMITSU   SANENAGA
                       MITSUNAGA KEM-MU 1334 to EN-BUN 1356
                          |___________________
                       ___|_  - brothers - ___|_____
                       CHOGI KO-EI 1342    NAGASHIGE TEI-WA 1345
Sanenaga Kodachi - Juyo Bunkazai

Sanenaga Kodachi
Nagasa: 59.7cm
Sori: 1.5cm


Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune with Chu-Kissaki. Strong Koshizori Kodachi.
Knit Ko-Itame Hada has Chikei and Midare Utsuri.
A riotous and high-standing Choji-Midare fights through the mid until the refrain of his Osafune Monouchi.
Ubu Kurijiri Nakago has two Mekugi-ana, one filled.
Signed high in Ji:

          Sanenaga



OSAFUNE NAGAMITSU School

MORITADA GEN-KO (f: NAGAMITSU): CHOJI BA with ASHI. Also: EN-BUN. 
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE JU MORITADA

MITSUKANE SHO-O (t: NAGAMITSU): Originally a student of 
        NAGAMITSU, he traveled to YAMASHIRO and studied with 
        RAI KUNITOSHI. Several RAI smiths traveled to OMI in 
        EN-KEI 1308, MITSUKANE being principal. There he started
        the TOTSU RAI. See OMI.

NAGACHIKA GEN-KYO (t: NAGAMITSU): CHIKA form: "Intimate relative"
        From GEN-KYO to KEM-MU 1334. This nephew of NAGAMITSU 
        made SHOBU-TSUKURI TANTO in a style resembling KAGEMITSU
        or CHIKAKAGE.  See KAGEMITSU School

YOSHIMOTO KO-AN (t: NAGAMITSU): NIOI-DEKI CHOJI-MIDARE BA. MIDARE
        BOSHI.

YUKIZANE JO-EI: Work to BUN-O 1260. ITAME HADA. MIDARE BA.

MASATSUGU TEI-JI 1362

NAGAKAGE SHO-WA: Same as TAMEMUNE. MOKUME with MASAME. KO-MIDARE
        of KO-CHOJI BA.

NAGAMUNE SHO-AN (t: NAGAMITSU): CHOJI-MIDARE BA with ASHI-IRI.
           NAGAMUNE also found in KEM-MU 1334 and SHO-HEI 1346.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE NAGAMUNE

NAGAMOTO KO-AN (t: NAGAMITSU): KO-CHOJI MIDARE and KO-GUNOME with
        ASHI-IRI. MOTO: CHI, Earth or basis. Two-characters.

NAGAMORI BUN-PO (t: NAGAMITSU): KO-CHOJI MIDARE or SUGUHA with
        ASHI-IRI. 
    MEI: BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE JUNIN NAGAMORI
         BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE JU SAKON SHOGEN NAGAMORI 

MUNEMITSU(1) SHO-WA (t: NAGAMITSU): GENSA. SUGUHA KO-ASHI IRI and
        KATAOCHI "Stooped shoulders" GUNOME HA. 2nd: TEI-JI 1362,
        3rd: O-EI 1394, 4th: BUN-AN 1444. 5th generation 
        MUNEMITSU is the famous brother of KATSUMITSU, 
        SAKYO-no-SHIN. See SUE-BIZEN.
    MEI: BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE JU MUNEMITSU


IYEMITSU SHO-WA (t: NAGAMITSU): MOKUME HADA. KO-MIDARE BA and 
        CHOJI BA. 
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE JU IYEMITSU
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SUKENAGA SHO-WA 1312
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YUKIYOSHI KO-EI 1342
Sanenaga Ko-Dachi - Juyo Bunkazai

Sanenaga Ko-Dachi
Nagasa: 1 Shaku 9 Sun 7 Bu (59.7cm)
Sori: 7 Bu (2.1cm)
Moto-haba: 1 Sun (3.03cm)
Saki-haba: 6 Bu 8 Rin (2.1cm)
Kissaki-naga: 1 Sun (3.03cm)
Nakago: 4 Sun 4 Bu (13.2cm)


Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune with Chu-Kissaki. Deep Koshizori creating a solid and strong work.
Ko-Itame Hada has Midare-Utsuri.
Choji and Ko-Choji push an Aski-Notare into a gentle roll. Nioi is tight and there are Ashi and Yo.
Midare-Komi Boshi places Ko-Maru to turn.
Kirijiri Nakago as two Mekugi-ana below his Mei.

          Sanenaga



OSAFUNE NAGAMITSU School - NORIMITSU Line TOSHIMUNE

NORIMITSU(1) KA-GEN (t: NAGAMITSU, f: TOSHIMITSU): Work period to
        GEN-KYO 1321. MOKUME HADA. KO-GUNOME CHOJI-MIDARE BA has
        KO-ASHI, somewhat resembling KAGEMITSU. 
    MEI: NORIMITSU
         BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE JU NORIMITSU

NORIMITSU(2) EN-BUN: From EN-BUN 1356 to O-AN 1368. 
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE NORIMITSU

NORIMITSU(3) O-EI (f: IYESUKE): SUKEUEMON.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE NORIMITSU

FUSANORI EI-KYO (f: NORIMITSU): BISHU OSAFUNE FUSANORI

NORIMITSU(4) EI-KYO (f: MORISUKE): GOROZAEMONnoJO and SAEMONnoJO.
        See example in SUE-BIZEN

TOSHIMUNE SHO-CHU (t: NAGAMITSU): OSABE-DAYU. MOKUME. SUGUHA.
    MEI: TOSHIMUNE
         BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE TOSHIMUNE

TOSHIMUNE O-AN: GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE BA. Also a TOSHIMUNE in O-EI.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE TOSHIMUNE
         BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE JU TOSHIMUNE

IYESUKE BUN-WA: ITAME HADA. KO-GUNOME HA.
    MEI: IYESUKE
         BISHU OSAFUNE IYESUKE

HISAMITSU O-EI: Worked through the early O-EI. MOKUME HADA with
           BO-UTSURI. O-EI style GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE BA.
           HISAMITSU(2) son of MORIKAGE, see O-EI BIZEN.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE HISAMITSU 


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