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OSAFUNE NAGAMITSU School - SANEMITSU
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SANEMITSU(1) SHO-O 1288
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SANEMITSU(2) SHO-KEI      TOSHIMITSU (TOSHI: GO)    MITSUNAGA
___|_____        1332         | GEN-KYO 1321        EN-BUN 1356
SANEMITSU(3)                  |__________________________
MEI-TOKU 1390             ____|_____                  ___|_____    
                          TOSHIMITSU(1) (TOSHI: I)    SHIGENORI 
__________                    | TEI-JI 1362           EN-BUN 1356
TSUNEYOSHI SHI-TOKU 1384      |______________________
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TOSHIMITSU(3) O-EI 1394   TOSHIMITSU(2)   YOSHII MITSUNORI
____|_____                SHI-TOKU 1384          O-AN 1368
TOSHIMITSU(4) EI-KYO 1429
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TOSHIMITSU(5) BUN-MEI 1469

SANEMITSU(1) SHO-O (f: NAGAMITSU): Son and student. SUGATA: Mid 
        to late KAMAKURA transition. His traditional date has 
        been SHO-O 1288 past SHO-WA 1312. His swords resemble
        NAGAMITSU. MOKUME HADA has MIDARE-UTSURI. Complex 
        patterned CHOJI-MIDARE becomes SAKA. 2nd and 3rd 
        SANEMITSU follow in SHO-KEI 1332 and MEI-TOKU 1390.
    MEI: SANEMITSU  
         BISHU OSAFUNE SANEMITSU
         BIZEN OSAFUNE JU SAKON SHOGEN TAIRA SANEMITSU

TOSHIMITSU GEN-KYO (t: NAGAMITSU, f: SANEMITSU): From BUN-PO 1317.
        His TOSHI form: GO "Trailing." SUGU CHOJI-MIDARE BA with
        ASHI. A TOSHIMITSU in TEI-WA finds YOSHII and SUE-BIZEN
        TOSHIMITSU signed: BISHU OSAFUNE TOSHIMITSU. 
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE JU TOSHIMITSU

TOSHIMITSU(1) TEI-JI (t: NAGAMITSU, f: TOSHIMITSU): TOSHI form: I
        "Gain" MOKUME HADA. Small pattern GUNOME KO-CHOJI BA.
    MEI: BISHU OSAFUNE TOSHIMITSU

TOSHIMITSU(2) SHI-TOKU (f: TOSHIMITSU 1): Swords are found from
        SHI-TOKU 1384 to KA-KEI 1387 period. MOKUME. GUNOME-
        CHOJI BA.
    MEI: TOSHIMITSU
         BISHU OSAFUNE TOSHIMITSU

TOSHIMITSU(3) O-EI (f: TSUNEYOSHI): Perhaps BO-HI. O-EI style,
        distinct BO-UTSURI runs on standing KO-MOKUME HADA. 
        NIOI-DEKI GUNOME-CHOJI BA. MIDARE-BOSHI has slight KAERI
        or drops in an ICHIMONJI-KAERI. 
        See O-EI BIZEN - TOSHIMITSU
    MEI: TOSHIMITSU 
         BISHU OSAFUNE TOSHIMITSU

MITSUNAGA EN-BUN (f: SANEMITSU): MOKUME. GUNOME-MIDARE, CHOJI BA.
    MEI: BIZEN-no-KUNI JU MITSUNAGA 
Sakai Sanemitsu - Kokuho


                         Sakai Tadatsugu
Sakai Sanemitsu

Nagasa: 2 Shaku 5 Sun 5 Bu (77.27cm)
Sori: 9 Bu (2.88cm)
Moto-haba: 1 Sun 2 Rin (3.1cm)
Saki-haba: 6 Bu 4 Rin (1.94cm)
Kissaki-naga: 9 Bu (2.88cm)
Moto-kasane: 3 Bu (0.91cm)
Saki-kasane: 2 Bu 1 Rin (0.64cm)
Nakago: 7 Sun 1 Bu (21.66cm)

One of the Four Great Generals
of Iyeyasu

Ii Naomasa
Sakakibara Yasumasa
Sakai Tadatsugu
Honda Tadakatsu
Supporter of Iyeyasu. Killed Ikeda Nobuteru with this sword at Nagakute. See story.

Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, Koshizori Funbari Tachi with Ikubi Kissaki. Bo-Hi runs the length.
Well-knit Itame Hada has JiNie and Chikei.
Choji and Ko-Gunome mix and mingle. A refined Yakiba. Ura has Yaki Koshiba. In deep Nioi-Fukashi and Ko-Nie.
Midare-Komi Boshi has Kinsuji at Togari head.
Ubu, slightly Ha-agari Kurijiri with three Mekugi-ana. Signed in the upper middle in
clear bold strokes.
                Sanemitsu




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