BIZEN SABURO KUNIMUNE - SAGAMI-SABURO Deeply curved in MOKUME. Early are tall KAWAZU from KO-CHOJI and later is more conservative: GUNOME/CHOJI mix. SUGUHA or KO-MIDARE with YO. MONOUCHI may be held quiet and then expanded to pattern. _____________________ BIZEN SABURO KUNIMUNE(1) JO-EI 1232 |________________________ ____________ ___________ _______ ___|____ ___|_____ ___|____ ___|____ | KUNIMUNE(2) SHO-O 1288 KUNISHIGE KUNISADA SADAZANE | | BUN-EI 1264 SHO-O 1288 KO-AN 1278 | |_____________ ____________ ____________ | ___|_____ ___|____ ___|__ ___|_____ | KUNIYOSHI MASAZANE NAOIYE KUNIMITSU | KEN-GEN 1302 KA-GEN 1303 EN-KEI 1308 GEN-O 1319 | _______________ __________________________ ______| _________|___ _________|___ ____________________|___ | HOKI MASAMUNE HOKI KUNIMUNE MIKAWA NAKAHARA KUNIMUNE | BUN-EI 1264 EI-NIN 1293 KA-GEN 1303 | ________________________ ___________ ___________________| __|______ ___|_____ __|______ KUNITSUNA BUN-EI 1264 SADATSUNA KUNITSUGU SHO-GEN 1259 __|______ BUN-O 1260 __|_______ KUNITSUNE TOKU-JI 1306 YOSHITSUNA SHO-GEN 1259 Traditional theory had KUNIMUNE a student to SHINTOGO, however comparisons have disagreed. Present understanding sets his line: _______ NAOMUNE KA-O 1169 (see School) ____|___ KUNIZANE SHO-AN 1171 |_______________ _________________ _______________ _________|___ _________|___ ___________|___ _________|____ TARO KUNIZANE JIRO KUNISADA SABURO KUNIMUNE SHIRO KUNIYASU 1st brother 2nd brother 3rd brother 4th brother KUNIMUNE(1) JO-EI (f: KUNIZANE 1): SABURO KUNIMUNE. 3rd son of KUNIZANE of KO-BIZEN NAOMUNE School was born: JI-SHO 1, 1177 and died: BUN-EI 7, 1270. Residing in NITTA-SHO WAKI, this long lived BIZEN patriarch was a contemporary of OSAFUNE MITSUTADA and HATAKEDA MORIIYE. It has been taught that MORIIYE and KUNIMUNE have similar YAKIBA patterns, but KUNIMUNE will lack MORIIYE's HA-HADA. KUNIMUNE swords should be expected from JO-EI 1232 to SHO-GEN 1259, although logic tells us his career probably began much earlier. See KO-BIZEN NAOMUNE KAMAKURA drew many artisans to SAGAMI to work and teach in the exploding energy of the HOJO capitol. Three invited swordsmiths became the genesis of the newly evolving SOSHU-DEN roots: BIZEN ICHIMONJI SUKEZANE BIZEN SABURO KUNIMUNE AWATAGUCHI KUNITSUNA
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National Treasure returned by Walter Compton
KOKUHO KUNIMUNE National Treasure NAGASA: 2 SHAKU 6.9 SUN MOTO-HABA: 1.1 SUN SORI: 8.8 BU SAKI-HABA: 7.2 BU NAKAGO: 7.6 SUN SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, wide KOSHIZORI TACHI. The forward reach of the KO-SHINOGI creates an overt elongation of the KISSAKI. YAKIBA is very much in the KO-OSAFUNE style: OBUSA and KAWAZU, resembling
Although KUNITSUNA had been an OKI GOBAN, BIZEN SUKEZANEs' SAGAMI sword school has become known as the KAMAKURA ICHIMONJI. The true SOSHU School masters, which include the famous MASAMUNE, fall from SHINTOGO KUNIMITSU and are considered descendants of the AWATAGUCHI KUNITSUNA Group. See SAGAMI for a SOSHU example of
KOKUHO SABURO National Treasure
NAGASA: 81.8cm SORI: 3.3cm
Large SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, CHU-IKUBI KOSHIZORI TACHI.
Strong KO-ITAME KITAE stands with flowery MIDARE-UTSURI.
Solid CHU-width KO-NIE CHOJI KO-MIDARE BA mountains with ASHI
SUGU KO-MARU BOSHI.
Three MEKUGI-ANA NAKAGO is signed TACHI-MEI in the center:KUNIMUNE
Kunimune - Kokuho
Saburo Kunimune Tachi - Kokuho
Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, Ikubi-Kissaki.
Typical late work exhibiting Ko-Mokume Hada with Ji-Nie and Midare-Utsuri.
Chu-Sugu ko-Choji-Midare Ba that undulates in height. Of Nioi-Fukashi and Ashi and Yo.
Figures are a little Shirozomo whitish here and there.
Suriage Nakago has one Mekugi-ana.
Kunimune - Kokuho
Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, deeply curved Koshizori to Ikubi-Kissaki.
Bo-Hi both sides.
Itame Hada has Mokume in the mid with Ji-Nie and Midare-Utsuri.
Choji-Midare Ba of Nioi-Fukashi, Ashi and Yo, seats generally wide. Sunagashi and Hotsure create Tobi in the Habuchi. The Monouchi restrains to Chu-width with Sunagashi and Shimaba dotting above. Shirozomo is seen.
Midare Boshi with Hakikake.
Suriage Nakago has two Mekugi-ana. The Jiri cuts across a lower Ana.
Nagasa: 2 Shaku 4 Sun 7 Bu 5 Rin (75cm)
Moto=Haba: 1 Sun (3.02cm)
Sori: 8 Bu 3 Rin (2.5cm)
Nakago: 5 Sun 8 Bu 7 Rin (17.83)
Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, wide Ji, deeply curved to Chu-Kissaki. Strong example of early Kunimune.
Ko-Mokume has Ji-Nie and Chikei. Midare-Utsuri through the mid.
Gunome Choji-Midare of Ashi and Yo where Sunagashi streams through figures.
Notare-Komi with Hakikake and KoMaru Kaeri.
O-Suriage Mumei Nakago has four Mekugi-ana, three are filled.
BIZEN SABURO KUNIMUNE School
KUNIMUNE(2) SHO-O (f: SABURO KUNIMUNE): Said to have studied under OSAFUNE NAGAMITSU. Work from SHO-O 1288 to SHO-WA 1312. His NIOI will be defined. If NIOI is deep and rich, look to his father. Made in the style of BIZEN CHIKAKAGE and SANENAGA. OSAFUNE attracted the KUNIMUNE School as it did most other schools when their founding light was gone. CHU-KISSAKI, late KAMAKURA TACHI SUGATA. MOKUME after his father but lacks the robust life. Tightly defined NIOI KO-CHOJI with KO-ASHI. Slight HA-HADA. Supposedly signed MASAMUNE as well. Signature appears slurred as compared with KUNIMUNE(1), and may be long. KUNIMUNE BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE KUNIMUNE BIZEN-no-KUNI OSAFUNE JUNIN KUNIMUNE SAKU KUNIMUNE BIZEN-no-KUNI JU OSAFUNE SHO-WA 1st son TARO KUNIZANE(2) SHO-GEN (br: KUNIMUNE, f: KUNIZANE 1): BIZEN TARO. Title GONnoKAMI. Wide spread to reported dates. May have lived and worked in KYOTO signing KUNINAO. KO-MOKUME with JI-NIE. NIE follows an undulating line with valleys and ASHI. Family origins are thought NAOMUNE School, see KO-BIZEN NAOMUNE. KUNIZANE 2nd son JIRO KUNISADA SHO-KYU (br: KUNIMUNE, KUNIZANE): KO-MOKUME HADA has JI-NIE. Patterns of CHOJI-MIDARE KO-MIDARE BA. See KO-BIZEN NAOMUNE for KUNIMUNE family origins. KUNISADA 4th son SHIRO KUNIYASU RYAKU-NIN (:br KUNIMUNE, f:KUNIZANE): SHIRO. Transferred to SAGAMI. NIE KO-MIDARE TOGARI BA runs smoothy. KUNIYASU KUNITSUNA BUN-EI (f: KUNIMUNE): BUN-EI to SHO-AN 1299. NAOMUNE Group. BISHU OSAFUNE JU KUNITSUNA KUNITSUNE TOKU-JI (f: KUNITSUNA): Work from SHO-GEN 1259. MOKUME. KO-CHOJI BA. NAOMUNE Group. BIZEN-no-KUNI KUNITSUNE MASAMUNE BUN-EI (t: KUNIMUNE): From JO-EI 1232 to SHO-O 1288. Moved to HOKI, see HOKI. In his old age he took the priesthood and signed KUNIMUNE NYUDO. Standing ITAME runs under JI-NIE. Uneven NIE KO-GUNOME with ASHI and YO pushes an undulation to the line. Thick strokes seem fairly centered. See KO-BIZEN NAOMUNE and HOKI BIZEN-no-KUNI JU MASAMUNE
2nd - Kokuho
Kunimune 2nd - Kokuho
Old style Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, deeply curve to Ikubi-Kissaki.
Mokume Hada with Ji-Nie and standing Midare-Utsuri.
Asaki-Notare Chu-Sugu of Ko-Midare Ba has leaning Saka KoAshi.
Hoso-Sugu Boshi in tight Nioi.
Ubu Haagari Kurijiri Nakago has one Mekugi-ana. Signed in the upper Ji.