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KOTO APPRAISAL STEPS - RECAP



 
THUMB RULES: 
 
 

ERA  -  KOTO 
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TIME
          SUGATA: -SORI (arc of curvature)       = DATE 
                  -FUNBARI (taper in width) 
                  -KISSAKI 
                  -NAKAGO               

     The date offers the schools and smiths contemporary  
     to the sword being appraised  
                    (see KOTO - Placing Date Page ##).


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PROVINCE

          SUGATA: -SORI                       = PROVINCE 
                  -MONOUCHI 
                  -KASANE (blade thickness) 
                  -MUNE 
                  -NAKAGO 
                  -HADA and HAMON            

     The  date and province together reduces possibility to 
     a group of men who either knew each other personally,  
     or of each other's work. 
               (see KOTO - Placing Province Page ##).


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SCHOOL and SMITH

     SUGATA and NAKAGO, blade construction and steel, along 
     with HADA and HAMON (folding pattern and temperline),
     and other considerations expose the hand of actual
     school and smith.




  With experience, these appraisal steps lead directly to school
and smith.  See Appraisal Series  SUGATA - KOTO
Sho-shin
Glossary