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The Eight DO
SAIKAIDO - The Eight Roads of KOTO



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CHIKUZEN SA
Blades markedly differ from predecessors'. 
The grace of SAIREN's CHOEN combine with the teaching of MASAMUNE. 
SA was of his time, and his school, a river to the Southern NAMBOKUCHO.
                                __________________
                            KO-CHIKUZEN RYOSAI KO-AN 1278
   "The Ten Students"         ______________|___
                              KO-CHIKUZEN SAIREN EI-NIN 1293
                              ______________|___
                              KO-CHIKUZEN JITSUA KA-GEN 1303
                                  __________|____ 
   True name: SAEMON-SABURO       O-SA "Great SA" GEN-O 1319 
   _______ _________ ________ ______________|________________
  |   ____|____ ____|____ ___|____          |_               |
  |   YOSHIHIRO YOSHISADA YUKIHIRO          SA(2) O-EI 1394  |
  |________ ___________                         _____________|
  |   _____|__     ____|____        ___________|___          |
  |   SADAFUSA     YOSHIZANE        HIRADO KUNIFUSA          |
  |                                HAKATA KUNIMITSU          |
  |___________________________________________               |
__|___________________  - brothers -  ________|____          |
YASUYOSHI(1) "YUKIONI"                AKI KUNIMITSU          |
  | SABURO-SAEMON                     AKI NOBUMITSU          |
  |_____ ____________________                                |
  | ____|____ - NAGATO - ____|____                           |
  | YASUYOSHI(2)         YUKITOSHI                           |
  |________________ ____________________                     |
__|_____        ___|_____            ___|____                |
YASUHIRO(1)     SADAYOSHI            YASUSADA                |
YASUHIRO(2)     SADAHIDE             HIDESADA (To HIZEN)     |
                           HIRADO SA HARUYOSHI               |
    ___________________________________ _____________________|
___|____                           ____|____  
YUKIHIRO(1)                        MUNEYOSHI 
   |_________                    OAN SADAYUKI  
___|____  ___|____                     |________________   
SADAYUKI  HIROYUKI                 ____|___   __________|__
   |__________ _____________       TOKIYUKI   OISHI IYENAGA  
___|____   ___|____     ____|___  
KUNIHIRO   YUKIHIRO(2)  YASUYUKI  
   |____________ ___________  
___|____     ___|____   ____|____    
HIROYASU     YASUHIRO   YUKIYOSHI                 
AKI SADAHIRO 



Taiko Hideyoshi
KOKUHO SA                   Hideyoshi's Favorite
KOKUHO HIDEYOSHI SA TANTO        National Treasure
        NAGASA: 7.8 SUN                  MOTO-HABA: 7 BU
 O-SA   NAKAGO: 2.9 SUN                     KASANE: 1.9 BU

      HIRA-TSUKURI, MITSU-MUNE TANTO. Slight SORI. 
KO-ITAME with a masterful and fine KO JI-NIE.
The HAMON has slight NOTARE to a "Crowded-hills"
GUNOME-MIDARE with jutting rises and TOGARI peaks.
KO-ASHI creates a louder definition on the O-MOTE,
where the GUNOME has great vitality. HOTSURE and
complex NIOI fog and shroud the URA. ARA-NIE HOTSURE
and KINSUJI embellish like flung lacquer screen.
MUNE-YAKI clings to the back. The MONOUCHI of the
URA shows his famous YAKI-KUZURE, where a burst of
ARA-NIE and NIOI decays frozen above a HAKO-shaped
trough. YAKIDASHI is FUKASHI and crowds (typical
and a mark). The drama is refined.       Gently curved, two ANA UBU NAKAGO                          - URA: CHIKUSHU JU                          OMOTE: SA

O-Sa - Kokuho



CHIKUZEN SA
                                __________________
                                KO-CHIKUZEN RYOSAI KO-AN 1278
   "The Ten Students"           ______________|___
                                KO-CHIKUZEN SAIREN EI-NIN 1293
                                ______________|___
                                KO-CHIKUZEN JITSUA KA-GEN 1303
                                    __________|____ 
   True name: SAEMON-SABURO         O-SA "Great SA" GEN-O 1319 
   _______ _________ ________ ________________|_________________
  |   ____|____ ____|____ ___|____            |_                |
  |   YOSHIHIRO YOSHISADA YUKIHIRO            SA(2) O-EI 1394   |
  |         - SHO-HEI 1346 -                    ________________|
  |________ ___________             ___________|___             |
  |   _____|__     ____|____        HIRADO KUNIFUSA TEI-WA 1345 |
  |   SADAFUSA     YOSHIZANE       ____________|___             |
  |   EN-BUN 1356  EI-TOKU 1381    HAKATA KUNIMITSU BUN-WA 1352 |
  |___________________________________________                  |
__|___________________  - brothers -  ________|____             |
YASUYOSHI(1) "YUKIONI" SHO-HEI 1346   AKI KUNIMITSU KO-EI 1342  |
  | SABURO-SAEMON                     ________|____             |
  |_____ __________________________   AKI NOBUMITSU EN-BUN 1356 |
  | ____|____    - NAGATO -    ____|____                        |
  | YASUYOSHI(2) EI-TOKU 1381  YUKITOSHI O-AN 1368              |
  |___________________________ _______________________          |
__|_____                   ___|_____               ___|____     |
YASUHIRO(1) TEI-WA 1345    SADAYOSHI SHO-HEI 1346  YASUSADA     |
__|_____                   ___|____                 EN-BUN 1356 |
YASUHIRO(2) MEI-TOKU 1390  SADAHIDE O-AN 1368                   |
                           ___|____                             |
                           HIDESADA SHI-TOKU 1384 (HIZEN in     |
                 _____________|_____               O-EI 1394)   |
                 HIRADO SA HARUYOSHI O-EI 1394                  |
    _____________________________ ______________________________|
___|____                     ____|____             
YUKIHIRO(1) SHO-HEI 1346     MUNEYOSHI TEI-JI 1362 
   |_________               _____|______           
___|____  ___|____          OAN SADAYUKI O-AN 1368 
SADAYUKI  HIROYUKI               |____________________________  
   | SHO-HEI 1346            ____|___               __________|__
   |                         TOKIYUKI TEI-JI 1362   OISHI IYENAGA
   |______________________ _________________________    O-EI 1394
___|____               ___|____                  ___|____  
KUNIHIRO SHO-HEI 1346  YUKIHIRO(2) EI-TOKU 1381  YASUYUKI  
   |________________________ _______________      O-AN 1368
___|____                 ___|____      _____|___    
HIROYASU SHO-HEI 1346    YASUHIRO      YUKIYOSHI    
___|________              O-EI 1394     EN-BUN 1356 
AKI SADAHIRO        _________             ________            
TEI-JI 1362         MITSUHISA KO-EI 1342  YUKISUYE BUN-WA 1352 
 ______            ________ _________ ________          ________
 TOSHIA            SADAKUNI TAKAYOSHI HIROSADA          YUKIZANE
KO-AN 1361               - TEI-JI 1362 -                O-AN 1368
  _____ _______ ________ ________ _________   ________ ________
  YOSHI HIROIYE SANEYUKI KUNIHIRO SADAYOSHI   KUNITADA SADAHIRO
                 - O-EI 1394 -                 - EI-KYO 1429 -



Meibutsu Sayo Samonji - Juyo Bunkazai

Meibutsu Sayo Samonji
Nagasa: 8 Sun 5 Rin (24.4cm)
Sori: 3 Rin (0.1cm)
Moto-haba: 7 Bu (2.4cm)
Moto-kasane: 6 Rin (0.2cm)
Kissaki-naga: 9 Bu 2 Rin (2.8cm)
Nakago: 3 Sun 3 Bu 6 Rin (10.2cm)


At 8.5 Sun, the Hira-tsukuri, Mitsu-mune is wide and has a very thick Kasane.
Tightly knit Itame-Hada has Moku coming out. There is Ji-Nie dappled.
Generally wide Hamon deepens as it fills the upper. Ko-Nie Asaki Ko-Notare Togari Ba is mixed with Gunome. There is Kinsuji and Sunagashi runs in the mid.
Midare Tsuki-age Kaen-style Boshi.
Ubu, one Mekugi-ana of several mountings.
Signed:

       Sa
       Chikushu Ju


CHIKUZEN SA
"The Ten Students"
O-SA GEN-O (f: JITSUA): SAEMON SABURO. Called SA. "The Great SA." 
            He was born KEN-JI 3, 1277 and died in EN-BUN 1356.
            There is much conjecture that the name SA could be a
            nick name of YASUYOSHI that was taken as a school 
            title for both smith and school. Certainly both SA 
            and YASUYOSHI were actively promoting the school and
            its style throughout the southern provinces.
     TANTO: Narrow with little curve. 7 to 8 SUN. His HAMON is 
            stronger than his student's refinements. A varied 
            NOTARE line contains GUNOME of different height. The
            GUNOME will tend to TOGARI on the tops.  There will 
            be HOTSURE from the HABUCHI. SUNAGASHI may run. "SA"
            on the OMOTE and fine-lined "CHIKUSHU JU" on the URA.
     TACHI: Made large. Wide blade, thick MUNE - possibly MARU,
            deep SORI, and "extended" KISSAKI. NOTARE O-MIDARE.

        Some UCHIZORI and KANMURI-OTOSHI found. TSUYO-GANE 
        (strong) blue steel in KO-MOKUME with UZU and YUBASHIRI-
        HADA.  Steel is clear. YUAI UTSURI (temper-blued HADA) 
        having JI-NIE and CHIKEI. SA, and his school following,
        fashioned a NOTARE-shaped line holding GUNOME or CHOJI 
        within. GUNOME rises poke up, of which, some are TOGARI 
        - this is CHIKUZEN. The HAMON of his students are more 
        refined. SA's art was crafted at the furnace of 
        MASAMUNEs' SOSHU-DEN. YAKI-KUZURE is a result and a 
        trait. A third definer is KOSHIBA where figures tend to
        crowd or become FUKASHI in the lower. NIE and NIOI is 
        FUKASHI and bright. SUNAGASHI may run. INAZUMA and 
        KINSUJI. 
                       SA YAKIBA recap: - CHIKUZEN HAMON 
                                        - YAKI-KUZURE 
                                        - KOSHIBA 

      BOSHI: TSUKI-AGE "thrust-up" TOGARI - can be "Swept." Falls
      directly. Or SUGU with KO-MARU. (SAKI-ZORI? Think later-SA)
 Tokubetsu Juyo Sa                        See Ten Students




Sa - Juyo Bunkazai
Sa
Nagasa: 8 Sun 4 Rin (25.45cm)
Sori: 8 Rin (0.24cm)
Moto-haba: 8 Bu (2.42cm)
Moto-kasane: 2 Bu 1 Rin (0.63cm)
Kissaki-naga: 9 Bu 2 Rin (2.8cm)
Nakago: 3 Sun 2 Bu (9.84cm)


Hira-tsukuri, Mitsu-mune, wide with gentle Sori.
Itame, Ko-Mokume mix has JiNie and Chikei.
Asaki-Notare, gently undulating, Ko-Notare mixes with a complex Ko-Gunome Ba where Kinsuji and Sunagashi cut Niju into the mid. Strong Nie walks the widening line into the Kuzure Ba Kaen Boshi.
Ubu, two Mekugi-ana.

Signed:
       Sa
       Chikushu Ju


Meibutsu Kosetsu Samonji             Kokuho - National Treasure







































  

           NAGASA: 2 SHAKU 5.8 SUN             MOTO-HABA: 1.5 SUN
  O-SA     SORI: 9 BU                        SAKI-HABA: 7.2 BU
           NAKAGO: 7.1 SUN

     Named for it's Snow on the Bay Saya - a prize of Iyeyasu's.       
SHINOGI-TSUKURI MARU-MUNE. Deeply curved with FUNBARI and
     elongated CHU-KISSAKI. BO-HI resolve in MARU-DOME. A sword
of strength.
 Masterful ITAME HADA with JI-NIE and CHIKEI.
YAKIBA: OMOTE falls smoothly from a slightly KUZURE widening
of the MONOUCHI, to be overtaken by an insistent NOTARE from
the complex mid. HOTSURE chases SUNAGASHI through broken
GUNOME NOTARE-MIDARE while ASHI quarrels for the inside.
Bright NIE rides NIOI-FUKASHI.
TOGARI with slight KAERI comes of a wide MIDARE-BOSHI on
the OMOTE. YAKI-KUZURE pries a gaping bay on
TACHI-URA.
KUZURE seems to exhaust the MONOUCHI where ropes of
SUNAGASHI lay slack.
TACHI-MEI SURIAGE NAKAGO has the fine-lined "CHIKUSHU JU"
followed by his characteristically stronger "SA." This
sword has the distinction of being his only signed DAI-TO.




Bunkazai Sa Tanto

NAGASA: 7 SUN 3 BU  - 22cm
MOTO-HABA:  7.2 BU  -  2.2cm
KASANE:     1.8 BU  -   .5cm
NAKAGO:     2.8 SUN -  8.5cm
ITAME-HADA has JI-NIE and CHIKEI. 
Pointed tops shape GUNOME and KO-NOTARE, grouping to
different heights. In NIOI and KO-NIE with KINSUJI.  BOSHI is a strongly brushed TSUKI-AGE. 
Multi-mounted, two MEKUGI-ANA and his unique MEI: 
        OMOTE, Large Character 
                                                 SA
         URA, Small Characters 
                                               CHIKUSHU JU



Sa Hiroyasu

Sa Hiroyasu

Nagamaki-Naoshi with high Shinogi-taka. A thin Hi rides the Shinogi line.
O-Itame and Mokume mix together. There is JiNie and Chikei.
A Sa Kuzure breaks up O-Midare Gunome Ba of Ko-Nie and deep Nioi-Fukashi with Ashi, Yo and striating Sunagashi Nijuba. Nie Hotsure blows from figures.
Boshi is Saagari Yakizume in brushed Ko-Nie Hotsure
O-Suriage Mumei Nakago has two Mekugi-ana.
                                                                                                 Hiroyasu moved to Aki. See Aki Sa



ODA OWARI no KAMI 
                          NOBUNAGA
From the Battle of OKEHAZAMA

Oda Nobunaga 

YOSHIMOTO SAMONJI taken at the career-changing battle of OKEHAZAMA by ODA NOBUNAGA.
Then titled ODA OWARI no KAMI NOBUNAGA with a statement of fact and dated EI-ROKU 3, 1560, 5th Month, 19th day
 

CHIKUZEN SA School
YOSHISADA TEI-WA (f: O-SA): TACHI are seen. TANTO are wide with
        little SORI. Running ITAME with large CHIKEI. JI-NIE
        covers. Shallow ASAKI-NOTARE with GUNOME mix or NOTARE
        GUNOME-CHOJI. SUNAGASHI. O-MIDARE GUNOME-MIDARE of NIE.
        BOSHI: TSUKI-AGE "Thrust-up" with deep KAERI.

YOSHIZANE EI-TOKU (t: O-SA): O-MIDARE GUNOME-MIDARE - SUNAGASHI.

YOSHIHIRO SHO-HEI(t: SA):Running ITAME with CHIKEI. NIE-KUZURE 
           dresses NOTARE GUNOME. KINSUJI and SUNAGASHI play.
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