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The Eight DO

SAIKAIDO -
The Eight Roads of KOTO

In Hideyoshi's Korean Van, the famous Ki-Sho-Gan (Oni-Shogun) "The Devil-General," Kato Kiyomasa, awarded Kumamoto home sword-smith,  Higo Kunikatsu his own "Masa" creating,
Koyama Samasuke Masakuni, KOSUKE no SUKE




HIGO DOTANUKI:  
              Very powerful SUGATA for the master of KUMAMOTO. 
Slight SORI or SAKI-ZORI to strongly done, well-shaped blades. 
MOKUME. SUGUHA and GUNOME-MIDARE HA. BOSHI: KO-MARU.
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KUNIHIRO TEN-MON 1532
     HIGO DOTANUKI KOZUKEnoSUKE KUNIHIRO
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NOBUYOSHI EI-ROKU 1558 
        KIKUCHI JU. Thick-backed, wide blades with O-KISSAKI.
        SUGUHA with ASHI. KO-MIDARE with MURA-NIE.
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YOSHINOBU GEN-KI 1570
          KIKUCHI JU. CHIKUZEN style. HIRO-SUGU with ASHI and YO. 
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YOSHIHARU GEN-KI 1570
           O-GUNOME MIDARE, GUNOME-TOGARI BA. 
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MATAHACHI TEN-SHO 1573 
           KIKUCHI JU. SUGU KO-MIDARE KO-GUNOME. 
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UEMON and HYOBU TEN-SHO 1573
           KO-MIDARE or SUGU-KUZURE BA. WAZAMONO.
HIGO DOTANUKI HYOBU

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MASAKUNI (1st MEI: KUNIKATSU) TEN-SHO 1573
        KOYAMA SAMASUKE. Accepted KATO KIYOMASA's "MASA" as gift.
        Little SORI on wide, thick blades. Elongated or O-KISSAKI. 
        Powerful SUGATA. Standing SHIRA-KE on running ITAME. 
        MASAME in the SHINOGI. SUGU or GUNOME-MIDARE HA in KO-NIE
        DEKI and thin NIOI.   
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SUKEKUNI TEN-SHO 1573
        O-KISSAKI on powerful, wide blades. Standing ITAME that 
        runs. SUGU KO-MIDARE or GUNOME in KO-NIE DEKI. MURA-NIE.
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KIYOKUNI BUN-ROKU 1592
        Worked under KATO KIYOMASA, accepting his "KIYO" as 
        favor. Made stout blades in evenly running ITAME. KO-NIE
        DEKI CHU-SUGU NOTARE BA and GUNOME-MIDARE of MURA-NIE 
        found in YAKI-KUZURE on the line.

GENZAEMON: KIKUCHI JU. SUGUHA and KO-MIDARE BA.
DOTANUKI GENZAEMON
KYUSHU HIGO DOTANUKI GENZAEMON

______________  KOZUKE no SUKE (KUNIHIRO) KEI-CHO 1596         Little FUNBARI. Elongated SHINTO-style KISSAKI and thick         KASANE. Coarse and running ITAME that stands. HIRO-SUGU         GUNOME HA of MURA KO-NIE on slight NIOI.      KYUSHU DOTANUKI KOZUKEnoSUKE      HIGO KIKUCHI JU DOTANUKI KOZUKEnoSUKE      HISHU KIKUCHI JU KUNIHIRO SAKU _______ MASAAKI TEN-SHO 1573         To BUN-ROKU 1592 making SUGUHA and KO-MIDARE BA.       NIHON ICHI MASAAKI _______ MASAAKI TEN-SHO: DOTANUKI MASAAKI

Dotanuki Daito
27 3/4" Nagasa
 7 1/4" Nakago

Wide blade, Kamasu "Barracuda" O-Kissaki. Bo-Hi.
Mounding Gunome-Choji Midare Ba gently undulates.

Ashi-iri define Gunome and Togari figures that jut and push through Sunagashi and Hotsure.
Ubu Kurijiri Nakago has two Mekugi-ana and Red-Lacquer Shumei by Honami Koson.

Dotanuki Kozuke-no-Suke









Higo Dotanuki
Nagasa: 69.7cm
Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune with broad, elongated Chu-Kissaki.
Bo-Hi to both sides.
Knit and flowing Itame with Masame Hada has Chikei and Ji-Nie.
Nie Midare Ba flows in a wide Aski-Notare, undulating line.
Ubu Ha-agari Nakago has one Mekugi-ana.







































Images: Copyright Darcy Brockbank, used with permission.
- nihonto.ca/  




Sotheby's, London
Dotanuki Kozuke-noo-Suke
Nagasa: 72.1cm

Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, O-Kissaki.
Itame Hada.
Nioi-Deki and profuse Ko-Nie O-Gunome-Midare Ba with Yubashiri and Tobi-yaki.
Midare-Komi, Saagari Hakikake Boshi.
Ubu Kurijiri with one Mekugi-ana.

Kyushu Higo Dotanuki Kozukenosuke




Kyushu Higo Dotanuki Kozuke-no-Suke
18" Nagasa
15 1/2" Ubu Nakago



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