appraisal text for SHINTO will cover the
considerations for OSAKA - KYOTO first, followed
by the ECHIZEN - MUSASHI.
OSAKA - KYOTO:
OSAKA and KYOTO
have similar YAKIDASHI.
can be a SUGU but starting out close to
then graduating to the width of the YAKIBA
with only a few and usually subtle NOTARE seen.
appear as a SUGUHA of some width in which a
MIDARE is seen. This
MIDARE can be subtle or fairly pronounced,
but always segregated
within the YAKIDASHI.
Compare KYOTO with OSAKA YAKIDASHI
OSAKA (SETTSU Province)
The BOSHI of
OSAKA and KYOTO differ. Generally, at the
time of manufacture,
an OSAKA BOSHI had a greater width of YAKIBA
in the KISSAKI
or a greater width of YAKIBA from the point.
Seeing MARU in a BOSHI reminds one to
Many examples of
KYOTO BOSHI display MIDARE.
JIZO-like shapes are often encountered,
with KO-MARU. Some KYOTO blades have a
figure saddling the YOKOTE. One expects less
YAKIBA above the KYOTO BOSHI than that of
MISHINA School had distinctive BOSHI.
KYOTO and MISHINA BOSHI MIDARE
OSAKA with KYOTO, KYOTO should have
stronger JI-HADA. A reverence for the
tradition of YAMASHIRO surface steel
was carried in the
KYOTO products, "KYOTO Steel."
smiths, however, prided their work as the
finest worked steel of the period.
Often the surface of an OSAKA blade will
have a wet, glistening
appearance and little discernible grain from the finely worked HADA.
AND KYOTO DISPLAY FINELY WORKED STEEL.
appraisal-point for SHINTO: fine-grained or
infers OSAKA - KYOTO.