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The Eight DO

SAIKAIDO
- The Eight Roads of KOTO




CHIKUGO  MIIKE School 

                  Deep curve and little FUNBARI to IKUBI KISSAKI.
                  Wide blades that support BO-HI (large grooves).
             MOKUME with MASAME having O-HADA.  HOSO-SUGU HOTSURE
             with KO-ASHI in KO-NIE. NIJUBA. SUGU, SUGU KO-MIDARE
             and SUGU KO-CHOJI BA. YO. 
                                            ______         
______                 ________             GESSAI(1) JI-AN 1021
MASAYO KO-HEI 1058     HIDEHIRO EN-KYU      ___|__
    |_______________________       1069     GESSAI(2) EI-SHO 1046
____|___                 ___|___            SADAYUKI (In HYUGA)
MOTOZANE - SHO-HO 1074 - MITSUYO  
    |_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _|________ __________________
____|____                  _|_    ___|_____         ____|____ 
TOSHINOBU KA-HO 1094     ___|___  YOSHIYUKI KA-HO   MORITSUNA  
    |__________________  MITSUYO  ___|____    1094   HO-AN 1120 
____|____-brothers- ___|_____     KUNINAGA               ____  
TOSHIMASA           TOSHINARI        HO-AN 1120          NAGA 
  CHO-SHO 1132       EI-KYU 1113                       HO-EN 1135


MITSUYO continues from later HEIAN to the MUROMACHI with the expected 
style-variation as to time. School output slackens in mid-production 
period. Old blades are curved and evenly wide to the KISSAKI. Weight 
reduction is achieved by banking the SHINOGI-JI on to a thin MUNE. 
Strength resides in the SHINOGI which then becomes the usual opportunity 
for BO-HI. 
ITAME that is pulled and running with MASAME. SHIRA-KE "White" UTSURI. 
HOSO-SUGU ASAKI-NOTARE where HOTSURE pulls from the line. Small KO-ASHI 
and brushed KO-NIE. 
BOSHI is SUGU or complex SUGU resolving in small KO-MARU.
Early work appraisal-point: SHINOGI passes close to the middle as it 
enters the NAKAGO. 
Note: O-EI MITSUYO, and forward, associated to HIZEN. 
With MITSUYO: Look carefully at the style.


ODENTA "The Five Great Swords"

KOKUHO - MEIBUTSU ODENTA            National Treasure
           NAGASA: 2 SHAKU 1 SUN               MOTO-HABA: 1.1 SUN
             SORI: 8.9 BU                      SAKI-HABA: 8 BU
           NAKAGO: 6.1 SUN

        SHINOGI-TSUKURI, MARU-MUNE TACHI. Deeply curved KOSHIZORI
        with little FUNBARI. Its even width and wide SHINOGI-JI 
        is classic SUGATA. KASANE is thin. KOSHI-HI falls along 
        the SHINOGI from MARU-DOME in the JI. The refined 
        strength of its elongated IKUBI KISSAKI is of the highest
        perfection and has captured the mind for centuries. 
        O-HADA mixes in running ITAME. Brilliant JI-NIE appears
        white. 
At first the HAMON seems erratic, a ribbon streamer
blowing against the HA. HOTSURE lays along the HOSO-SUGU
KO-NOTARE MIDARE Ba line. Occasionally KO-ASHI slant and
NIOI and KO-NIE etch a subtle NIJUBA.
Shallow SUGU BOSHI of faint NIJU follows the FUKURA to
KO-MARU KAERI.
Two MEKUGI-ANA, KIRI NAKAGO has his three-character
TACHI-MEI:
MITSUYO SAKU
CHIKUGO MIIKE School MOTOZANE SHO-HO: Both MITSUYO and MOTOZANE are attributed as son of MASAYO. Their names have been inscribed together. It has been a statement as fact, and is most probable, that this was the variation, GENSHIN - MITSUYO's posthumous name. HAMON is SUGUHA and SUGU KO-MIDARE HA with KO-ASHI. BO-UTSURI. TOSHINOBU KA-HO (f: MOTOZANE): MOKUME. SUGUHA of NIE-FUKASHI. _______ ________ ________ _________ NAGAIYE SADAHIDE KUNINAGA SANETSUNE KEN-RYAKU 1211 BUN-EI 1264 - KO-AN 1278 - ________ ________ KUNISADA KUNINAGA - BUN-PO 1317 -

SUE-MIIKE: KO-ITAME with MASAME. Known for SHIRA-KE 
               "White"standing HADA. SUGUHA with KO-ASHI.
         Note: O-AN MITSUYO travels to HIZEN O-MURA.

       _______
       MITSUYO EI-NIN 1293                  _________
       ___|___                              TOSHINOBU KEM-MU 1334
       MITSUYO KEM-MU 1334                  ________    
          |____________________             MITSUARI EN-BUN 1356  
       ___|___  -brothers- ____|_____       ______
 HIZEN:MITSUYO O-EI 1394   MITSUSHIGE       SANEYO O-EI 1394
       ___|___             EI-KYO 1429      _________
       MITSUYO KYO-TOKU 1452                TSUGUNOBU O-EI 1394
       ___|___                              _________            
       MITSUYO MEI-O 1492                   TOSHINOBU EI-KYO 1429
    _________         _________ ________    _______              
    TOSHIMASA         TSUGUNAGA TOSHINAO    AKIHISA CHO-ROKU 1457
   TAI-EI 1521         - TEN-MON 1532 -

MITSUYO KEM-MU: Running KO-ITAME with MASAME. Standing SHIRA-KE
        UTSURI. HAMON is SUGUHA with KO-ASHI. BO-HI.



MITSUYO O-EI: O-AN MITSUYO appears in HIZEN for O-EI.

        HIZEN O-MURA JU:  ITAME with MASAME and O-HADA 
"coming out." SHIRA-KE "White" UTSURI.
Mostly SUGUHA or KO-GUNOME MIDARE in KO-NIE.
O-EI sees MITSUYO line expand to HIZEN. See HIZEN MITSUYO EI-KYO (f: OMURA NORISUYE): HIZEN O-MURA JU. KO-NIE DEKI GUNOME-MIDARE KO-MIDARE HA.










Miike Tachi
Nagasa: 65.5cm
Moto-haba: 1.44cm
Sori: 0.46cm


Nambokucho Sugata Tachi with little curve, Bo-Hi and O-Kissaki in the Miike style.
Tightly forged Itame Hada has running Masame near the Ha. Ji-Nie and Shirake Utsuri.
Suguha of much Hataraki and Hotsure on a very slightly Asaki-Notare line.
O-Suriage Nakago has two Mekugi-ana.




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