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The Eight DO
SANINDO - The Eight Roads of KOTO
IWAMI




SOSHU DEN style CHU-KISSAKI, shallow TORIIZORI with 
little NIKU. MUNE is low. BO-HI or FUTASUJI BI. 
Standing ITAME with JI-NIE and CHIKEI. KO-GUNOME. 
TOGARI MIMIGATA-like MIDARE forms. ARA-NIE and SUNAGASHI 
in deep NIOI. KO-MARU, MIDARE BOSHI has deep MIDARE-KAERI. 
Some with MUNE-YAKI. 
Later: Wide NAMBOKU SUGATA. More refined KO-NOTARE KO-MIDARE.
Many O-SURIAGE MU-MEI.
NAOTSUNA School "The Ten StudentsSee The Ten Students
_________
MORITSUNA SHO-WA 1312 to SHO-KEI 1332
  |___________________ ____________________ _____________ 
__|_____-brothers-____|____             ___|____      ___|____
NAOTSUNA(1)       KANETSUNA(1) KEM-MU   YUKIHISA      YUKIMASA
  | KEM-MU 1334       |_____________    SHO-CHU 1324  BUN-PO 1317
  |               ____|____     ____|____  
  |               KANETSUNA(2)  YORITSUNA 
  |                    - O-AN 1368 -
  |____________________ ______________ ______________ __________
__|_____           ____|____      ____|____      ____|____      |
NAOTSUNA(2)        YORITSUNA      MORITOSHI      SADATSUNA(1)   |
  | EI-WA 1375     TEI-WA 1345    TEI-JI 1362    SHO-HEI 1346   |
  |___________________________                   See SADATSUNA  |
__|_____                   ___|_____                     School |
NAOTSUNA(3) O-EI 1394      SUYETSUNA O-EI 1394                  |
__|_____                   ___|_____                            |
NAOTSUNA(4) BUN-MEI 1469   MASATSUNA BUN-AN 1444                |
    ______________________ _______________________ _____________|
___|___                ___|____                ___|___
NAOSADA(1) O-AN 1368   NAOSHIGE(1) O-AN 1368   NAONAWA O-AN 1368
   |                   ___|____   
   |                   NAOSHIGE(2) O-EI 1394 
   |_____________________ ________________________
___|___                __|_____                 __|_____
NAOSADA(2) O-EI 1394   YUKISADA O-EI 1394       SADAMORI   
___|___                  |_________               | MEI-TOKU 1390
NAOSADA(3) IZUHA JU    __|_____  __|_____         |
KO-SHO 1455            NAGANOBU  MASANAGA         |
________                - SHO-CHO 1428 -          |
SANEKANE MEI-TOKU 1390   _________________________|
___|____             ___|____                   __|_____ 
SANETOMO O-EI 1394   SUYESADA(2) KA-KICHI 1441  SUYEKAGE 
                     ___|____                   O-EI 1394
                     SUYESADA(3) EI-SHO 1504
_________                        ________             
MORITSUNA O-AN 1368              SADAKIYO EN-TOKU 1489
___|____                         _________    ________  
YUKIMASA O-EI 1394               MICHIYASU    SADAKIYO 
___|____                           - TEN-MON 1532 -  
YUKIHISA(1) BUN-MEI 1469         _________    
___|____                         MITSUZANE GEN-KI 1570 
YUKIHISA(2) EI-SHO 1504  

IWAMI NAOTSUNA School
MORITSUNA(1) SHO-WA: SAEMONnoJO. Father of NAOTSUNA living in 
        IZUHA. MOKUME HADA. Most are GUNOME-MIDARE HA. 
        2nd follows.
    MEI: SAEMONnoJO MORITSUNA
         SEKISHU IZUHA JU MORITSUNA
         SEKISHU JU SAEMONnoJO MORITSUNA

KANETSUNA(1) KEM-MU (f: MORITSUNA, br: NAOTSUNA): From KEM-MU to
        EN-BUN 1356. ITAME HADA with MASAME. GUNOME and GUNOME-
        MIDARE with TOGARI BA having SUNAGASHI.  
    MEI: KANETSUNA
         SEKISHU IZUHA JU KANETSUNA

KANETSUNA(2) O-AN: MOKUME. GUNOME-MIDARE. Following generations 
        in O-EI 1394, MEI-O 1492 and EI-SHO 1504.
    MEI: SEKISHU IZUHA JU KANETSUNA

YORITSUNA O-EI (f: KANETSUNA): GUNOME-TOGARI BA.
    MEI: SEKISHU IZUHA JU YORITSUNA

"The Ten Students"
NAOTSUNA(1) KEM-MU (f: MORITSUNA, t: MASAMUNE): KYUEMON. IZUHA 
        JU. His work from KEM-MU 1334 to EN-BUN 1356. Reputation
        and legend say he was student of MASAMUNE, although some
        refute this. 
        SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE TACHI. MASAMUNE-style shallow
        SORI, CHU-KISSAKI. Standing ITAME has JI-NIE and CHIKEI.
        ARA-NIE on GUNOME within KO-NOTARE line. GUNOME-MIDARE 
        TOGARI or MIMIGATA-style MIDARE BA. SUNAGASHI runs in 
        falling NIOI. BOSHI is MIDARE of swept HAKIKAKE with 
        KO-MARU to FUKASHI-KAERI.
    MEI: NAOTSUNA
         NAOTSUNA SAKU 

Naotsuna Tachi

NAGASA: 68.8cm 
SORI: 1.8cm

SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE. A relaxed curve reaches for CHU-KISSAKI. 

Running ITAME HADA has JI-NIE and CHIKEI. 

NIOI-FUKASHI and fine KO-NIE push high ASAKI-NOTARE waves wherein GUNOME-MIDARE mixes haphazardly over running SUNAGASHI in HA-HADA and KINSUJI. TOBI-YAKI saturates the field of the lower. 

HAKIKAKE BOSHI runs for the back, YAKIZUME style. 

SURIAGE NAKAGO is KIRI-cut and has four MEKUGI-ANA.

Signed against the MUNE:
                NAOTSUNA




IWAMI NAOTSUNA School
NAOTSUNA(2) EI-WA: IZUHA JU. Work from O-AN 1368 to MEI-TOKU 
      1390. Wide IHORI-MUNE, elongated CHU-KISSAKI TACHI and 
      TANTO. Shallow TORII. CHIKEI swims in running KO-MOKUME
      with MASAME that creates "Dappling" of JI-NIE. The 
steel is dark. NIE KO-NOTARE KO-MIDARE of GUNOME has
 TOBI-YAKI while KINSUJI dance in SUNAGASHI waves.
MIDARE BOSHI has swept TOGARI HAKIKAKE.   MEI: NAOTSUNA        NAOTSUNA SAKU        SEKISHU JU NAOTSUNA SAKU SUYETSUNA O-EI (f: NAOTSUNA): To EI-KYO 1429.    MEI: SEKISHU NAGAHAMA JU SUYETSUNA MASATSUNA BUN-AN (f: SUYETSUNA):  Work in EN-TOKU 1489.
NAGAHAMA. ITAME HADA. SUGUHA and KO-GUNOME HA.   MEI: IWAMI CHOHEI        SEKISHU MASATSUNA 
NAOTSUNA(3) O-EI (f: 2nd NAOTSUNA): IZUHA JU. Made TACHI, 
TANTO, KATANA and SAKI-ZORI WAKIZASHI. ITAME with
JI-NIE has CHIKEI throughout. SUGU KO-MIDARE or GUNOME.
GUNOME can be squared, and with TOGARI in NIE. Some
CHOJI. SUNAGASHI runs. Signed with long MEI.   MEI: NAOTSUNA        IZUHA JU NAOTSUNA        SEKISHU IZUHA JU NAOTSUNA        SEKISHU IZUHA NAOTSUNA SAKU YORITSUNA SHO-HEI (f: NAOTSUNA): MOKUME. GUNOME and CHOJI BA.   MEI: SEKISHU IZUHA JU YORITSUNA MORITOSHI TEI-JI (f:NAOTSUNA): ITAME. SUGUHA and
GUNOME-MIDARE, GUNOME HA. MURA-NIE.   MEI: MORITOSHI        SEKISHU IZUHA JU MORITOSHI        SEKISHU TAKADA JU MORITOSHI NAOSADA O-AN (f: NAOTSUNA): SUGUHA and KO-GUNOME, all        generations. Following smiths: O-EI 1394 and
KO-SHO 1455 in IZUHA.   MEI: SEKISHU JU NAOSADA        SEKISHU IZUHA JU NAOSADA SADAMORI MEI-TOKU (f: NAOSADA): IZUHA. MOKUME. SUGUHA and
GUNOME.   MEI: SADAMORI        SEKISHU IZUHA JU SADAMORI SUYESADA(2) KA-KICHI (f: SADAMORI): MOKUME. GUNOME-MIDARE.   MEI: SUYESADA YUKISADA O-EI (f:NAOSADA):MOKUME.SUGU and GUNOME-MIDARE HA.   MEI: SEKISHU YUKISADA        SEKISHU IZUHA YUKISADA        SEKISHU IZUHA JU YUKISADA
Naotsuna Tachi - Juyo Bunkazai

Naotsuna Tachi
Nagasa: 2 Shaku 3 Sun 1 Bu (69.99cm)
Sori: 5 Bu (1.6cm)
Moto-haba: 9 Bu 4 Rin (2.84cm)
Saki-haba: 6 Bu 2 Rin (1.87cm)
Kissaki-naga: 1 Sun 5 Rin (4.54cm)
Moto-kasane: 2 Bu 5 Rin (0.75cm)
Saki-kasane: 1 Bu 9 Rin (0.57cm)
Nakago: 6 Sun 7 Bu (20.3cm)
Very Gentle Nakagozori


Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune where Bo-Hi runs the length. A gently Sori finds Chu-Kissaki.
Standing, intricate Itame Hada has Chikei and dappled Ji-Nie.
Deep Nioi-Fukashi and Ko-Nie Ko-Notare Gunome-Togari Ba where Kokata extended Togari reach into the Ji. Nie becomes Ara and Sunagashi runs to Niju in places.
Deep Saagari Ko-Maru Hakikake Boshi.
Suriage Nakago has three Mekugi-ana where two are filled.
Sign at the bottom:

         Naotsuna





Naotsuna Dambira
Nagasa: 34.5cm
Dambira with Bonji and Suken and Kurikara Dragon on Vajra Horimono on Ura.
Mokume with O-Hada.
Yahazu Arrow-notch and Mimigata Midare is cut Niju by Sunagashi and Kinsuji. In defined Nioi and Ko-Nie.
Ubu Ha-agari Nakago has three Mekugi-ana. Mumei.




























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





Iwami Naotsuna School




Naotsuna O-Suriage Tachi
Nagasa: One Shaku - Six Sun - Seven Bu

The upper of a long Tachi, - Daimyo Haito or personal sword. 
Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune Tachi tip.
Wet Mura Ji-Nie on strong and running Hada.
Billowing Hiro-width KoNie O-Midare Ba Hamon where starkly defined Sunagashi brushes Hakikake of the highest quality Ara-Nie through the Habuchi. Kinsuji and arcing Inazuma leaps from figures in the lower.

Honami Koson
Shumei Red-lacquer is genuine and correct.
      Iwami Naotsuna
      Koson (Cao)





IWAMI NAOTSUNA School
SANEKANE MEI-TOKU: ITAME HADA. SUGUHA and GUNOME-MIDARE HA.
    MEI: SEKISHU NAGAHAMA JU SANEKANE

SANETOMO O-EI (f: SANEKANE): ITAME with MASAME. GUNOME-MIDARE.
    MEI: SEKISHU NAGAHAMA JU SANETOMO

YUKIHISA(2) EI-SHO (f: YUKIHISA 1): MOKUME. GUNOME-MIDARE HA.
    MEI: SEKISHU JU YUKIHISA

MICHIYASU TEN-MON: MICHI form: NING "Peace" - Peace under roof. 
           ITAME HADA. GUNOME-MIDARE HA.
    MEI:SEKISHU JU MICHIYASU
        SEKISHU IZUHA JU MICHIYASU

SADAKIYO TEN-MON (f: HIZEN SADAKIYO): GOBEInoJO. At MINE-GORI.
    MEI: BOSHO SHIN GOBEInoJO SADAKIYO

MITSUZANE GEN-KI: From EI-ROKU 1558. IZUHA JU. MOKUME. SUGUHA and 
           KO-GUNOME HA.
    MEI: SEKISHU IZUHA MITSUZANE
         SEKISHU IZUHA JU MITSUZANE 
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