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Sue-Soshu
SOUN takes control at ODAWARA and SOSHU smiths flock

SOSHU HIROMITSU School smith lines had wandered off.
When
Soun married his son into the defunct Hojo name, he also married into their old SAGAMI haunt.
Now SOSHU and SHIMADA smith transplants held his vision and made their way to
                                            ODAWAR





Odawara controls Sagami/Soshu smiths' migration - Shitahara smiths to Hachioji
Soshu Masakiyo is Shimotsuke Hiromune, MEI-O.
Soshu mixes with Musashi Tokujira for Shitohara school

Appraisal Note
:
Shimada, Shitahara and others, of "Soshu style" were Soshu.
They are as part of Soshu as if they were listed as living in Sagami.
________________________
SOSHU HIROMITSU

|__________________________ ____________________________
____|____ ___|____ ___|____
YOSHIHIRO(1) KOAN 1361 MASAHIRO(1) TEI-JI 1368 HIROMASA(1) EN-BUN 1356
| |____________________________
| ___|____ ___|____
| MASAHIRO(2) MEI-TOKU 1390 HIROMASA(2) EI-WA 1375
| ___|____ ___|____
| MASAHIRO(3) OEI 1394 HIROMASA(3) OEI 1394
| ___|____ ___|____
| MASAHIRO(4) KO-SHO 1455 HIROMASA(4) BUN-AN 1444
| ___|____ ___|____
| MASAHIRO(5) EI-SHO 1504 HIROMASA(5) MEI-O 1492
| ___|____
| MASAHIRO(6) TSUNAHIRO
|__________________________ _______________________________
____|____ ____|____ ___|____
YOSHIHIRO(2) OEI 1394 HIROTSUGU(1) BUN-WA 1345 SUKEHIRO(1) KO-RYAKU 1379
____|____ ____|____ ___|____
YOSHIHIRO(3) HO-TOKU 1449 HIROTSUGU(2) OEI goes to SURUGA
SUKEHIRO(2) OEI 1394
____|____ ____|___ ___|____
YOSHIHIRO(4) MEI-O 1490 FUYUHIRO(1) KOSHO
SUKEHIRO(3) BUN-AN 1444
transfers to WAKASA
_________________ see WAKASA SUKEHIRO(4) BUN-MEI 1469

SHIMADA YOSHISUKE(2) MEI-O
1492
________ ___|____
 |__________ ______ ______ FUSAMUNE(1) BUN-MEI 1469 KAGEHIRO EI-SHO 1504
_____|___ brothers ___|___ | ____|___ (NOBUHIRO)
TSUNAHIRO(1) TSUNAIYE | FUSAMUNE(2) EI-ASHO 1504
____|__ | ____|___
HIROIYE EI-ROKU 1558 | FUSAMUNE(3) TEN-SHO 1573
____________ ____________|_______________________
____|____ -brothers- ____|___ ___|____
SADAYOSHI(1) EI-SHO 1504 SADAHIRO(1) EI-SHO 1504 YASUHARU EI-SHO 1504/KYO-ROKU 1528
____|____ | ___|_____
SADAYOSHI(2) TEN-MON 1532 | CHIKAHIRO TEN-MOJN 1532
____|____
|_________________________ ___________________________
SADAYOSHI(2) TEN-MON 1532
____|___ ____|____ -brothers_ ____|____
SADAHIRO(2) TEN-MON 1532 MASATOSHI(1) KYO-ROKU 1528 MASATSUGU
Returned home to SURUGA ____|____ EI-ROKU 1558
MASATOSHI(2) EI-ROKU 1558

Sue-Soshu sees Masahiro, Hiromasa, Tsunahiro and 
others brandish and carry a new Soshu tradition into their future.


HIROMASA(1) ENBUN (t: SOSHU HIROMITSU): Old OSHIGATA allow us to
surmise his work period from RYAKU-O 1338 to TEI-JI 1368.
Made KO-WAKIZASHI. HOSO-SUGUHA and KO-MIDARE BA in KO-NIE.
HIROMASA
SOSHU JU HIROMASA

HIROMASA(2) EI-WA 1375 (t: MASAHIRO): KURO. Studied HIROMITSU
style under school man, MASAHIRO(1). SOSHU style O-GUNOME
MIDARE and SUGUHA. His blades are WAZAMONO good cutters.
SOSHU JU HIROMASA
SAGAMI-no-KUNI JU HIROMASA

HIROMASA(3) OEI: Made HIROMITSU style in the OEI.

HIROMASA(4) BUN-AN 1444: KO-NIE HAMON of SUGUHA, GUNOME-MIDARE
and HITATSURA HORIMONO on many. BUNAN to KAN-SHO 1460s.
SOSHU JU HIROMASA

HIROMASA(5) MEI-O 1492: NIOI-DEKI with KO-NIE GUNOME-MIDARE and
HITATSURA BA. His work is between BUN-MEI 1469 and EI-SHO
1504.
SOSHU JU HIROMASA

HIROMASA(6) TEN-MON (f: HIROMASA(5): Worked in SAGAMI and ISE.


MASAHIRO(1) TEI-JI 1368 (t: SOSHU HIROMITSU): KUROJIRO. Work
resembles HIROMITSU style. Made TACHI, DAMBIRA and TANTO.
ITAME HADA. SOSHU GUNOME-MIDARE and HITATSURA BA.
Look for Togari, a differentiator.
MASAHIRO
SOSHU JU MASAHIRO
SOSHU JU MASAHIRO SAKU

MASAHIRO(2) MEI-TOKU 1390: ASAKI-NOTARE lines of NIE GUNOME
MIDARE BA with ASHI and YO. SUNAGASHI streams and small
TOBI are seen.
MASAHIRO SAKU
SOSHU JU MASAHIRO

MASAHIRO(3) OEI: Few blades seen. He will show NIE JIBA that
is YOWAI weak.
SOSHU JU MASAHIRO
SOSHU JUNIN MASAHIRO
SAGAMI-no-KUNI JUNIN MASAHIRO

MASAHIRO(4) KO-SHO 1455: SUGUHA and KO-GUNOME MIDARE BA.
Signed with small characters.
SOSHU JU MASAHIRO

MASAHIRO(5) EI-SHO 1504: SUGU KO-MIDARE and GUNOME MIDARE in NIE.
SOSHU JU MASAHIRO

MASAHIRO(6) TEN-MON 1532: This man started signing MASAHIRO but
soon endeavored his presentation to HOJO UJITSUNA,
received the TSUNA character and started his TSUNAHIRO
career. See TSUNAHIRO.
SOSHU JU MASAHIRO
SOSHU JU TSUNAHIRO

YOSHIHIRO KO-AN 1361 (t: SOSHU HIROMITSU): OIGAWAKUROJIRO.


HIROTSUGU(1) BUN-WA 1345 (f: YOSHIHIRO):



HIROTSUGU(2) OEI
: KUROSABURO. Was in SURUGA.
SOSHU JU HIROTSUGU
SHIMADA JU HIROTSUGU

HIROTSUGU(3) BUNMEI: ICHIKAWA CHOBE. Long-lived, he worked
through EI-SHO. O-GUNOME MIDARE and GUNOME CHOJI
MIDARE BA. Many with HORIMONO.
HIROTSUGU
SOSHU JU HIROTSUGU
SOSHU JU HIROTSUHU SAKU

HIROTSUGU(4) TEN-MON: Traveler. Worked in SURUGA and ISE,
studying the established "BUNGI Triad" styles of the
time: ISE MURAMASA, SHIMADA YOSHISUKE Schools. He then
presented himself and worked in to HOKI, KAI, WAKASA and
HITACHI. O-GUNOME MIDARE, HITATSURA and NOTARE MIDARE BA.
His has strong NIE JIBA.
HIROTSUGU
SOSHU JU HIROTSUGU SAKU

TSUNAHIRO(1) TEN-MON (f: SHIMADA YOSHISUKE): From SHIMADA, the
adopted son of HIROTSUGU. BUNGI Triad roots. Followed his
brother, TSUNAIYE to ODAWARA. See SHIMADA YOSHISUKE or
ISE MURAMASA. Buddhist name: HOMYO RENKO.
He started as the sixth SOSHU MASAHIRO,first signing
MASAHIRO.
TSUNAHIRO's father, SHIMADA YOSHISUKE and
HIROTSUGU(4) had urged that he, and brother TSUNAIYE,
have their own school.
It is famous that he made a gigantic
presentation ODACHI for the HOJO UJITSUNA HACHIMAN-GU Shrine,
Lord of SAGAMI Province at ODAWARA.
As a result, the great man gave his TSUNA character from
when-after MASAHIRO became the first TSUNAHIRO.
TSUNAHIRO's
work period is between EI-ROKU 1528 and KO-JI 1555.

Generally he made 2 SHAKU 3 SUN KATANA, wide blade of
shallow SAKIZORI with strong, elongated KISSAKI. TANTO and
KO-WAKIZASHI of 1 SHAKU 2 SUN. Wide blade, SAKIZORI.
ITAME HADA with JINIE and always parading a robust strength.
HAMON is HITATSURA, SOSHU style GUNOME-MIDARE, O-MIDARE,
with TOBI-YAKI, HITSTSURA-style with very strong NIE.
Sometimes NIOI based. Occasionally, "Deer-Antler" HITATSURA
BA. Also, MIKAZUKI-GATA pattern. Many have strong HORIMONO,
KURIKARA Dragon themes seem favored.
SOSHU JU TSUNAHIRO
SOSHU JU TSUNAHIRO SAKU




Tsunahiro Presentation Odachi
Overall: 142cm    Kiri-Mon & HoKo Phoenix Makie-Jo Tachi Koshirae

Nagasa: 99.3cm
With this Sword, Shimada Masahiro becomes Soshu Tsunahiro.
Given to the Hojo Ujitsuna Hachiman-Gu, he receives his new career name.

Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, wide, deeply curved Odachi with Bo-Hi-ni-SueBi.
Retaining a perfect balance of form, the massive sweep comes to his elongated O-Kissaki.
Itame Hada with JiNie.
Gunome-Midare Ba with Tobi-yaki becomes Hitatsura Ba.
Hitatsura Boshi.
Inscription:
Hono Hachiman-Gu GyoHo Sakyo-Dayu Taira Ujitsuna
Ten-Mon Shichi Tsuchi-no-e Inu Ne Hachi-Gatsu Ni Hi
                                              1538 "Year of the Dog"

Shogan Joju Kairei Monsoku   Soshu Ju Tsunahiro Saku


Soshu Den

TSUNAHIRO(2) GENKI 1570: YAMAMURA TSUSHIMA. Buddhist name: HOMYO
SODAI. GENKI 4, 1573 to TENSHO 13, 1585. Mimicked the style
of the first TSUNAHIRO. Also SUGUHA and NOTARE with ASHI.
SOSHU TSUNAHIRO

TSUNAHIRO(3) BUN-ROKU 1592. Spilling into the KEICHO. YAMAMURA
TAKAUEMON. KAMAKURA SENKETANI JU. Tight NIOI-GUCHI
GUNOME-MIDARE with TOBI-YAKI and HITATSURA BA that is
somewhat KO-MIDARE less uneven, comparatively.
TSUNAHIRO
SOSHU JU TSUNAHIRO
 SAGAMI-no-KUNI JUNIN OITE TSURUOKA TSUNAHIRO TSUKURU KORE
TSUGHARU-SHU TAMENOBU SOSHU TSUNAHIRO YOBI SAKUY KORE SAN-BYAKU YO KORENAI


HIROIYE EI-ROKU 1558 (t: TSUNAHIRO & HIROTSUGU): Work in SAGAMI and HITACHI.
KO-NIE O-MIDARE BA, SUGU NOTARE. Made HORIMONO.
HIROIYE SAKU
SOSHU JU HIROIYE

TSUNAIYE MEI-O 1492 (br: TSUNAHIRO): First to Odawara.

SUKEHIRO BUN-MEI(4) 1469: CHU-SUGU widths. GUNOME-MIDARE BA. HORIMONO are 
carved in the upper. His have been tested as good cutters, WAZAMONO.
SOSHU JU SUKEHIRO
SAGAMI-no-KUNI JUNIN SUKEHIRO
SAGAMI-no-KUNI KAMAKURA JU SUKEHIRO

KAGEHIRO EI-SHO (t: SUKEHIRO(4): Changed name to NOBUHIRO and returned to make
swords in his home vilLage in SAGAMI.
SOSHU JU KAGEHIRO
SOSHU JU NOBUHIRO
SOSHU JUNIN NOBUHIRO SAKU
SOSHU JU FUIWARA NOBUHIRO

YASUHARU EI-SHO (t: SHIMADA YOSHISUKE): YASU form: KO "Peace" which he
received from HOJO UJIYASU for his service. He had first signed with
YASU form: TAI "Peace".
Originally from SURUGA, ODAWARA brought the
SHIMADA main stylists. He moved to ODAWARA in EI-SHO JUHACHI 1516.
Work from EI-SHO to TEN-MON Made DAITO, KATATEUCHI and UCHIZORI
KOFURI TANTO. TANTO are many.
Standing KO-ITAME/KO-MOKUME.
Strong SODEN NIE enhance a NIOI-DEKI GUNOME-MIDARE BA with TOBI-YAKI,
much JIBA and YO.
Known for framed KURIKARA Dragon and Ken HORIMONO.
YASUHARU
SOSHU JU YASUHARU SAKU

YASUHARU(2) TEN-MON 1532: SOSHU style in ODAWARA, following YASUHARU(1).
YASUHARU
SOSHU JU YASUHARU SAKU

CHIKAHIRO (f: YASUHARU): ZAMA SUZUKA JU. Studied and worked with TSUGUHIRO
from FUJISAWA Town and with ODAWARA YASUHARU DEN and with SHITAHARA
CHIKASHIGE. SUGUHA and GUNOME-MIDARE BA. Smith lines to SHITAHARA
in KAN-EI SHINTO times, signing BUSHU SHIMOHARA JU CHIKAHIRO.
See SHINTO SHITAHARA. SOSHU CHIKAHIRO RYO-WAZAMOMO.
SOSHU JU CHIKAHIRO

SADAYOSHI(1) EISHO (t: SHIMADA YOSHISUKE): SURUGA transplant. Moved to ODAWARA
with the SUNSHU tide. All three generations live and work in the JOKA
Castle-town.
SOSHU JU SADAYOSHI
SOSHU JU SADAYOSHI SAKU



Soshu Tsunahiro

Soshu Tsunahiro
Nagasa: 29 5/8" (75.3cm)
Moto-haba: 1 5/16" (3.3cm)
Nakago: 7 1/8" (18cm)


Wide, broad, powerful Shinogi-tsukuri, Mitsu-mune. KoshiBi and Tsunahiro-style Kurikara Dragon Horimono.
Vivid Ko-Mokume with O-Hada and having Ji-Nie.
Tsunahiro "Deer-Antler" Hitatsura Ba.
Hitatsura Boshi.
Ubu Nakago, one Mekugi-ana.

         Soshu Ju Tsunahiro






Soshu Hirotsugu Nambokucho O-Dampira
Nagasa: 54.6cm
Moto-haba: 3.2cm

Soshu Nambokucho O-Dampira. Undoubtedly the work of the first Hirotsugu.
Wide, thin-blade with Mitsu-Mune and BoHi.
A moving and energetic Snow-blizzard Nie O-Midare Ba with Tobi-Yaki, Sunagashi and long-fall Muneyaki, Hiromitsu-den style. See above and Hiromitsu

Nie Hakikake Tsuki-age Boshi

Ubu Tanago Nakago pulls to a small Kuri-jiri. One Mekugi-ana. 





Soshu Den

SADAHIRO(1) EI-SHO (br: SADAYOSHI): From SHIMADA School. Embraced
SOSHU style.
SOSHU JU SADHIRO

MASATSUGU EI-ROKU 1558 (br: MASATOSHI): SHIMADA. MASA form: SHO
"Correct". ODAWARA JU.
SOSHU JU MASAYSUGU

MASATOSHI(1) KYO-ROKU 1528 (t: SADAHIRO, br: MASATSUGU): MASA form:
SEI "Administration". ODAWARA. SOSHU style. GUNOME that is
KO-MIDARE BA. WAZAMONO rated.
MASATOSHI
SOSHU JU MASATOSHI
SOSHU ODAWARA JU MASATOSHI.

MASATOSHI(2) EI-ROKU 1558: ODAWARA JU. Worked into the KEI-CHO.
Made swords for CHOHO-JI Shrine at ISHIOKA in HITACHI. Wide
ZAKIZORI, SENGOKU SUGATA in tune with his time. Very running
ITAME HADA from MASAME mix.
MURA-NIE in GUNOME-MIDARE with SUNAGASHI chasing.
INKAKUSAI Country-style TANTO.
SOSHU JU MASATOSHI
SAGAMI-no-KUNI JU MASATOSHI

SADAHIRO(2) TEN-MON: SHIMADA smith, through and through. Returned
home to FUJI-GORI SHIMOGATA in SURUGA.

FUSAMUNE(1) BUN-MEI: ODAWARA SOSHU.
SOSHU JU FUSAMUNE

FUSAMUNE(2) EI-SHO 1504: ODAWARA SOSHU style. ITAME HADA has JINIE.
HAMON NIOI-GUCHI is tight. GUNOME-MIDARE and YAHAZU Arrow-
notch MIDARE with TOBI-YAKI. HITATSURA BA. Noted for crowded
HORIMONO. FUNAGATA NAKAGO. Signed in thick strokes.
FUSAMUNE
SOSHU JU FUSAMUNE SAKU











Soshu Sadayoshi
Nagasa: 26 7/8" (68.3cm)
Moto-haba: 1 3/16" (3.1cm)
Nakago: 6 3/16" (15.75cm)


Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune with Chu-Kissaki. Bo-hi to Kaku-dome.
Fine, swirling Mokume around evenly spaced O-Hada. Masa near the Ha.
Asaki-Notare Ko-Midare Ba in Nioi.
Sugu Ko-maru Boshi.
Ubu, one Mekugi-ana.
Signed:

        Soshu Ju Sadayoshi Saku




Soshu Sadayoshi
























Soshu Yasuharu Katateuchi

Soshu Yasuharu Katateuchi
Nagasa: 63.9cm
Sori: 2.7cm


Shimada Traveler Soshu Yasuharu at Odawara. Odawara master, Hojo Ujiyasu gave him his Yasu.
Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune. Strong, wide blade with Bo-Hi and So-no-Kurikara Dragon and Ken framed into a Koshi-Hori.
Strongly standing Ko-Mokume and Itame mix has Jinie and Chikei.
O-Notare and Hako forms pull Nie-Deki Gunome-Midare into wild ripples. A few Tobi-yaki touch into the Ji.
Ubu, one Mekugi-ana with slight Kurijiri and signed in the Ji:
    Soshu Ju Yasuharu Saku


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