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RAI KUNITSUGU School
RAI KUNITSUGU "Ten Students" GEN-TOKU 1329 See Ten Students
RAI KUNITSUGU(2) (KUNIHIDE) SHO-KEI 1332
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RAI HIDETSUGU TEI-JI SADAMITSU -RYAKU-O 1338- ECHIZEN MUNEMITSU
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SUYEYUKI(1) BUN-WA 1352 ____|____ -brothers-____|____
|____________ __________ SHIGEKUNI SETTSU YOSHIKUNI
____|___ ____|____ ____|____ - EN-BUN 1356 -
SUYEYUKI(2) SUYETSUGU SUYEYOSHI
- EI-TOKU 1381 -
"The Ten Students"
RAI KUNITSUGU(1) GEN-TOKU (t: KUNITOSHI): SABUROUEMON. Cousin or
brother-in-law of KUNIMITSU. Work from KA-REKI 1326 to
SHO-KEI 1332 making MITSU-MUNE, HIRA-TSUKURI O-TANTO and
wide KO-WAKIZASHI of slight SORI. There are few TACHI.
Standing ITAME-HADA shows CHIKEI under strong JI-NIE.
KINSUJI cuts ASHI within KO-NIE FUKASHI KO-MIDARE or
GUNOME-MIDARE that holds to a gentle NOTARE roll. YAKIBA
is clear and may flare outside the HAMON as TOBI-YAKI or
SHIMA-BA. Or in the JI as YUBASHIRI. KINSUJI "feet" face
each other from the reach of falling ASHI. In the classic
view, these are called SAGARI-ASHI "falling" and
AGARI-ASHI "rising." They may connect forming long
KINSUJI. SUGUHA to KO-MARU BOSHI or perhaps MIDARE with
TOGARI-KAERI. Carved HI and HORIMONO of BONJI, KEN or
GOMABASHI, usually along the MUNE. His works of TANTO
having GUNOME within an ASAKI-NOTARE line reflects his
SOSHU School experience. See Tokubetsu Juyo Rai Kunitsugu
|KOKUHO RAI KUNITSUGU
|NAGASA: 1 SHAKU 8 BU
SORI: 3 RIN
NAKAGO: 3.1 SUN
|MOTO-HABA: 1 SUN 9 RIN
slight SORI. A groove-lined BO-HI mimics an absent
SHINOGI enhancing the stately appearance which
follows its wide, straight lines.
The very fine ITAME HADA has
CHIKEI and clear, profuse JI-NIE.
TOGARI finds roosts on uneven
GUNOME. KINSUJI and SUNAGASHI draw a flat plain
through far and near jutting rises. TAMA rolls down
the BOSHI while SHIMA-BA hangs lazily. KINSUJI
furrows the MONOUCHI.
KO-MARU pulls a reticent
KAERI onto the MUNE. UBU NAKAGO with two
Signed in the
Kunitsugu - Kokuho
Rai Kunitsugu - Kokuho
Large and strong
Shino-gi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, Chu-Kissaki
Standing Itame Hada has Rai Hada and Ji-Nie.
Gunome Ko-Midare Ba in Nie and Nioi-Fukashi
striated with Sunagashi creating small Tobi
and Nijuba and Kuzure Ba effects.
Ubu Kurijiri with one Mekugi-ana. Signed in
the upper Ji.
|Juyo-Bijutsu-Hin Rai Kunitsugu
Possession of the TOKUGAWA
|JUYO BIJUTSU HIN RAI
~ Handed down through the SHOGUNATE
NAMBOKUCHO OTANTO SUGATA where RAI sings
the SOSHU song. While similar to the
JI-DAI, its withered FUKURA imparts a
RAI HADA has JI-NIE
A quiet serenity is
achieved in its SOSHU GUNOME within NOTARE
undulations. NIOI-GUCHI is FUKAi with
KO-NIE. SUNAGASHI brushes while KINSUJI
Many mounted: two
MEKUGI-ANA, several filled. Straight
falling NAKAGO is signed at the
|Bunkazai Rai Kunitsugu
MITSU-MUNE. Wide bodied, the BO-HI resolving
low helps perpetuate the length and reach to
its elongated KISSAKI. The FURISODE NAKAGO
adds an aristocratic feel.
ITAME HADA has JI-NIE
A particularly strong
YAKIBA has ASAKI-NOTARE with CHOJI-MIDARE
and GUNOME crushed and competing. ASHI pulls
and cuts through a NIOI-FUKASHI and KO-NIE
SUNAGASHI and KINSUJI war.
Small RAI KO-MARU
pulls against a TSUKI-AGE rush at the
SURIAGE FURSODE, two
MEKUGI-ANA NAKAGO is signed at the
YAMASHIRO RAI KUNITSUGU School
KUNITSUGU(2) SHO-KEI: RAI HIKOTARO. Also signed RAI KUNIHIDE
to a 3.6 SUN YARI. ITAME-HADA has JI-NIE.
SUGU NOTARE-CHOJI and NIE-DEKI ASAKI-NOTARE YAKIBA with
KUNIHIDE SHO-KEI: Same as RAI KUNITSUGU(2). MOKUME with
JI-NIE. SUGU and NOTARE line of CHOJI BA.
SADAMITSU RYAKU-O (f: KUNIHIDE): Work from TOKU-JI 1306.
A member of the SOSHU RAI stylists.
MUNEMITSU RYAKU-O (f: RAI KUNIHIDE): Moved for the ECHIZEN
MOKUME with MASAME. SUGUHA. See ECHIZEN.
SHIGEKUNI EN-BUN (f: MUNEMITSU, br: YOSHIKUNI): AWAJI RAI.
MOKUME with MASAME. SUGUHA.
YOSHIKUNI EN-BUN (f: MUNEMITSU, br: SHIGEKUNI): Moved to
SETTSU. ITAME with MASAME. SUGUHA.
HIDETSUGU TEI-JI: It is taught that HIDETSUGU was the son of
KUNIHIDE, who actually was KUNITSUGU(2). There is also
the proposal that the dates run close enough that all
three are the same man. Another support of this is the
KUNITSUGU mark of JI-BA and GUNOME within NOTARE. It is
not unexpected of students, however. His birth is
listed as EN-KEI 3. Made 9 SUN TANTO. Running SHIRA-KE
GUNOME-MIDARE or HAKO forms within a KO-NOTARE line.
SHIMA-BA. KINSUJI signs, while SUNAGASHI runs.
The BOSHI is NOTARE KO-MARU KAERI. Can be large MEI
with bold strokes or small with thin.
SUYEYUKI(1) BUN-WA (f: YAMATO SHIGEYASU, t: RAI HIDETSUGU):
From YAMATO SENJUIN to RAI School. A part of the YAMATO,
- RAI romance. Changed his signature in honor of his
style: RAI KUNIYUKI. KO-ITAME HADA. KO-NIE KO-GUNOME
with SUNAGASHI through the line.
KUNIHIDE was the second master of the RAI
KUNITSUGU School and is the same as RAI
HIKOTARO KUNITSUGU(2). His influences are
the first KUNITSUGU's blend of stately RAI
and exuberant SOSHU.
His sons moved through the RAI expansions in
SETTSU, ECHIZEN and SAGAMI.
RAI HIDETSUGU is thought possibly a later signature.
truly great sword ~
Excellent JI-NIE dresses pronounced and
moving MOKUME HADA exemplified with strong
Long running KINSUJI and SUNAGASHI gently
interlace within a moving KO-MIDARE
where KO-ASHI defined GUNOME mixes in.
UCHI-NOKE and strung HOTSURE form a
SHIMABA that skirts along the HABUCHI.
MUNE-YAKI frosts the back.
UCHI-NOKE and NIE collide and sweep
through a YAKI-KUZURE BOSHI to KO-MARU and
O-SURIAGE NAKAGO has two MEKUGI-ANA.