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YAMASHIRO
YAMASHIRO RAI KUNIMITSU School


                 

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RAI KUNITOSHI SHO-O 1288
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RAI KUNIMITSU(1) SHO-WA 1312 through KA-REKI 1326
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RAI KUNIMITSU(2) KEM-MU 1334   SUYEYOSHI RYAKU-O 1338
 (MITSUSHIGE)

RAI KUNIMITSU(1) KA-REKI (f: KUNITOSHI): JIROBE. Second 
son of RAI KUNITOSHI whose known swords date
between KA-REKI and KAN-O 1350. Records state his
work began in SHO-WA 1312. Another boiling
controversy has arisen over this long career.
Indistinguishable by MEI, one proposition put        from written rolls finds two:                                 JIROBE KUNIMITSU - 1st                                 BEIJO KUNIMITSU - 2nd         The signature of RAI BEIJO KUNIMITSU appears from
a KAN-O 1350 sword. KUNIMITSU(2) is held to be a
KEM-MU signature of RAI MITSUSHIGE. Writing and
arguments must acquiesce before actual pieces. 
    A noted TANTO maker, KUNIMITSU also made TACHI. 
    TANTO may be wide or somewhat narrow but will be
    thick at the back, and are likely MITSU-MUNE. There
    are KANMURI-OTOSHI.
    KO-ITAME with JI-NIE veil. May show the RAI dappling
    of YOWAI-patches or "Thin-skin." JI-NIE may vary on
    the HADA like NIE-UTSURI. 
    TACHI may have a fairly wide CHU or HIRO-SUGU KO-
    GUNOME KO-MIDARE or KO-CHOJI defined of slight
    falling ASHI and SAKA-ASHI. His work banners the
    reserve found of the later work from his father,
    RAI KUNITOSHI. The HAMON may undulate gently. 
    One expects to see SUGUHA TANTO, but some pieces 
    show the unmistakable and also masterfully executed
    style of the SOSHU that ran through all of the
    supporting and subordinate schools up and down the
    archipelago. This style is a GUNOME, occasionally
    peaked, within a varying or NOTARE-like line. Such a
    piece may show MUNE-YAKI, or may not. There will be
    KINSUJI and perhaps SUNAGASHI. SUGU KO-MIDARE, or
    KO-CHOJI MIDARE with ASHI. GUNOME-MIDARE becoming
    "open" with valleys. 
    KUNIMITSU has "low" BOSHI (wide from the point) and 
    possibly deep turnback in TANTO. Carvings are simple
    BO-HI, SU-KEN and GOMABASHI. 
    His signature is easily recognized. TACHI-MEI are 
    small while TANTO might seem large. MITSU is the
    character, KUANG - a man carrying a torch. With
    KUNIMITSU, it looks like a waiter about
    to spill his tray. Forgers needn't a good hand.
    See
    Tokubetsu Juyo Kunimitsu Tanto 
 KOKUHO RAI KUNIMITSU

KOKUHO RAI KUNIMITSU
NAGASA: 78.8cm 
  SORI: 3.8cm 

SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, TORI-ZORI TACHI is tapered with CHU-KISSAKI - Late-KAMAKURA style. BO-HI drops from the YOKOTE to KAKU-DOME at the HABAKI-MOTO. KO-ITAME HADA with thin veil of JI-NIE.
NIOI-GUCHI has KO-NIE through sweeping HIRO-SUGU where jostling KO-CHOJI are defined of KO-ASHI that descends in softly SAKA angles. There is YO, and KINSUJI striates at the bases. 
HIRO-SUGU BOSHI has RAI "pinched head" KO-MARU KAERI. UBU, two MEKUGI-ANA NAKAGO curves to HA-AGARI JIRI.

Signed in the upper:
                   RAI KUNIMITSU
Dated in the lower:
                   KA-REKI NI-NEN NI GATSU-HI
                                  1327, 2nd month



KUNIMITSU(2) KEM-MU: RAI MITSUSHIGE of GEN-TOKU 1329. SAZABEInoJO
        MOKUME HADA. SUGUHA and NOTARE BA.

SUYEYOSHI RYAKU-O 1338: Student of KUNIMITSU. 

Remember:

Rai Kunitoshi Rai Kunimitsu Rai Kunitsugu





Bunkazai Rai Kunimitsu

Bunkazai Rai Kunimitsu
NAGASA: 73.3cm 
SORI: 2.8cm 
NAKAGO: 23.2cm 

SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, SURIAGE TACHI with his SUE-KAMAKURA CHU-KISSAKI. Still deeply curved, it was shortened approximately 5 SUN. There is BO-HI that terminates in KAKU-DOME. 
A splendid JI-NIE dresses KO-ITAME HADA that finds O-ITAME near the HABAKI-MOTO. 
HIRO-SUGU width of ASAKI-NOTARE holds his KO-CHOJI of SAKA-ASHI and YO. Particularly well-done NIOI-GUCHI is bright, with KO-NIE, and MUNE-YAKI is seen repeating along the back. 
    Note: MUNE-YAKI, such is seen with forebears, KUNIYUKI and NIJI. 
    It is only occasionally seen with SANJI and KUNIMITSU. 
The HAMON exhibits the beautiful dynamic range in subtlety of color throughout the JI-BA/HABUCHI area. 
SUGU BOSHI swells slightly for his RAI MARU turnaround.

Important RAI note: RAI BOSHI form is an even-seated relationship with the SAKI, or head. The HAMON, the MARU turn and the KAERI are balanced. 
One studies for an eye.

SURIAGE, HA-AGARI KURIJIRI NAKAGO was signed high above the ANA, but his three character MEI now resides at the bottom: 

                                  Rai Kunimitsu


Rai Kunimitsu - Kokuho


Rai Kunimitsu - Kokuho
Nagasa: 83.9cm - Ni Shaku Hachi-Sun
Moto-Haba: 3.1cm

Large Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, deeply curved Chu-Kissaki.
Itame Hada with Ji-Nie.
Asaki-Notare Ko-Nie Deki Chu-Sugu of leaning Saka Gunome-Midare Ba with Ko-Ashi, Yo Kinsuji and Sunagashi.
Notare-Komi Hakikake Boshi to Yakizume.
Ubu Nakago with two Mekugi-ana. Signed in the upper Ji.

    Rai Kunimitsu


Rai Kunimitsu - Kokuho


Rai Kunimitsu - Kokuho
Nagasa: 69.5cm
Moto-haba: 2.6cm


Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, Chu-Kissaki.
Rai Ko-Itame Hada with thin Ji-Nie.
Nioi-Fukashi and Ko-Nie Chu-Sugu of gentle Asaki-Notare wherein
Gunome-Midare Ko-Midare Ba has Ashi, Yo and Sunagashi running.
Midare-Komi Hakikake Boshi.
Suriage Nakago with two Mekugi-ana. Signature at the bottom.

    Rai Kunimitsu


BUNKAZAI RAI KUNIMITSU


Satake Rai Kunimitsu


Rai Kunimitsu - Sword of Satake Yoshinobu
Took part with Hideyoshi against Odawara.
Demoted to Dewa by Iyeyasu, but survived.





Kokuho Yuraku Kunimitsu

KOKUHO YURAKU RAI KUNIMITSU       National Treasure
NAGASA: 9.1 SUN 
SORI: MU-SORI
NAKAGO: 3.5 SUN
MOTO-HABA: 9 BU
MOTO-KASANE: 2.4 BU

ODA NOBUNAGA's brother, NAGAMASU took the priest name: YURAKUSAI-JOAN. The "YURAKU RAI KUNIMITSU" TANTO had been passed from his benefactor, TOYOTOMI HIDEYORI. 
After the events of the winter and summer campaigns on OSAKA, NAGAMASU divided his estate with his sons and retired to KYOTO becoming Sensei of the tea ceremony.

There is power to this thick HIRA-TSUKURI, MITSU-MUNE TANTO. Made in the wide style, simple KEN HORI holds half its length. 

A refined KO-ITAME produces JI-NIE. 

SOSHU style is unmistakable as GUNOME-CHOJI plays within a NOTARE Hamon. A NIOI, ravine-faceted KOSHIBA rises in the lower to be supplanted through the mid where a NOTARE undulation holds CHOJI BA. Competing SUNAGASHI cuts TAMABA to figures. 

BOSHI disappears in the NIE-KUZURE chaos. Long-falling KAERI. 

UBU NAKAGO has one MEKUGI-ANA below several filled. 

Signed in the lower:
                          RAI KUNIMITSU




Rai Kunimitsu

Goto Museum
Rai Kunimitsu
Nagasa: 73.1cm

Described in the Tokugawa Jikki
Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, elegant curve and Sugata, generally.
Ko-Itame with thin JiNie shows occasional Rai-Hada.
Sunagashi, Rai-NieJiba and Kinsuji cut and strafe Ko-Gunome Choji Midare Ba that becomes Niju in the upper.
Nearly perfect Rai-Boshi finds Rai-style Maru Kaeri.
O-Suriage Nakago has two Mekugi-ana.



BUNKAZAI KUNIMITSU - IKEDA RAI

IKEDA RAI KUNIMITSU                   IKEDA TERUMASA's.

NAGASA: 60.5cm 
NAKAGO: 10.0cm

KANMURI-OTOSHI TSUKURI with MITSU-MUNE and NAGINATA-HI. A light veil of JI-NIE bathes RAI-HADA patching which contrast an otherwise quiet JI. 

KO-ASHI exemplified KO-GUNOME MIDARE BA push NOTARE waves into a deeply FUKAi NIOI-GUCHI of KO-NIE. SUNAGASHI runs along and KINSUJI takes occasional bows.

MIDARE-KOMI BOSHI is NIE-HAKIKAKE in the TSUKI-AGE head. MIDARE-KAERI. 

Straight falling, UBU NAKAGO has two MEKUGI-ANA from several mounts and rounded HA-AGARI JIRI.

Signed:
     RAI KUNIMITSU



Rai Kunimitsu Tachi

Nagasa: 70.2cm
Sori: 1.9cm





RAI KUNIMITSU TACHI
                     Sword of Ii Naomasa

Naomasa - Ei-roku 3 to Kei-cho 7,  1602. 
Great stalwart of the TOKUGAWA, the Ii Family were KAMONnoKAMI for all generations until NAOSUKE, the 14th Lord Ii was assassinated on the 24th of March 1860, precipitating the fall of the SHOGUNATE.
One of the Four Great Generals of Iyeyasu
Ii Naomasa
Sakakibara Yasumasa
Sakai Tadatsugu
Honda Tadakatsu




Nagasa:76.7cm      Ii Family Conservancy

KOZUKE resident of MINOWA Castle until 1598, Naomasa moved to TAKASAKI, WADA-JO. 

At SEKIGAHARA he defeated SHIMAZU YOSHIHIRO, who fled south to SATSUMA, and proceeded to arms manufacturing center, SAWAYAMA in OMI, trapping ISHIDA KAZUSHIGE's Family. The lot there committed suicide, after which IYEYASU gave Naomasa the castle and province. 

They soon moved to HIKONE where the Ii Family resided until the Restoration.

RAI KUNIMITSU TACHI in classic SUE-KAMAKURA style, BO-HI and wide HIRO-SUGU CHOJI MIDARE BA. 
SURIAGE NAKAGO with two MEKUGI-ANA and signed:

                                              Rai Kunimitsu


YAMASHIRO RAI School
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SHIGETAKA KEN-GEN 1302
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1st SHIGEFUSA TOKU-JI 1306
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2nd SHIGEFUSA TEI-JI 1362
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       KUNITAKE GEN-O 1319            SUKEYASU GEN-KYO 1321


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  YOSHICHIKA HIDESUKE           MUNENAGA             KUNITO 
    - SHO-KEI 1332 -           KEM-MU 1334        KO-KOKU 1340

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       SHIGEYOSHI NAGAMASA               KUNIKAZU HIDETOSHI   
         - KO-EI 1342 -                   - TEI-WA 1345 -    


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          KUNISUYE KANEYASU SHIGETSUGU KUNIAKI MUNESHIRO 
                         - BUN-WA 1352 -
               ________ _________ ________ _______
               KUNITOMO YOSHIKUNI KUNIHIRO IYEZANE 
                         - EN-BUN 1356 -
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NORIKANE O-AN 1368                       KUNIYOSHI O-AN 1368
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YOSHIMUNE MEI-TOKU 1390                   KANEYASU HIROTSUGU
________                                    - KA-KEI 1387 -
NARIMUNE MEI-TOKU 1390 

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MITSUSHIGE (JUJU) O-EI 1394             YUKIHIDE(1) EI-TOKU 1381
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MITSUKATA(1) (JUMEI) O-EI 1394          YUKIHIDE(2) O-EI 1394   
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MITSUKATA(2) (JUMEI) BUN-AN 1444

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          HIROKUNI YUKIMUNE YOSHITSUNA YOSHIMUNE SADAMITSU
                          - O-EI 1394 -
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   KUNIFUSA HO-TOKU 1449                   KUNISADA O-NIN 1467
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                     IYEZANE KUNINOBU NAOMUNE
                          - BUN-MEI 1469 -
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KUNIYASU EI-SHO 1504 
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