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SUE-BIZEN   
Bizen Kiyomitsu

Tadamitsu/Kiyomitsu Appraisal Point:
Suguha

      Small Ko-Choji Midare to Norimitsu
      KaniTsume to Katsumitsu/Munemitsu




The SENGOKU Era 
The SENGOKU arose to a crescendo in the mid/late 1500s. 
ODA NOBUNAGA solidified the social and military fabric to
unify the country through the 1560s and '70s. His time was
one of the great periods of Japanese history.
See SENGOKU
Always look at the sword for its truth. The great 
pieces of the SENGOKU equal the great of any era.

Important Names:
 SAKYOnoSHIN MUNEMITSU  UKYOnoSUKE KATSUMITSU  JIROZAEMON KATSUMITSU  HIKOBEI TADAMITSU  GOROZAEMON KIYOMITSU    GENBEI SUKESADA   YOSAZAEMON SUKESADA

KIYOMITSU Group
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TADAMITSU Line See TADAMITSU
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| SUKEMITSU KA-KICHI 1441
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SHOBEI KIYOMITSU BUN-MEI 1469
___________|_______________ NOMURA GOROZAEMON KIYOMITSU EI-SHO 1504 ___________|________ GOROZAEMON KIYOMITSU TEN-MON 1532     |_____________________ ____|____  _______________|____   KIYOMITSU  YOZOZAEMON SUKEMITSU (f: KIYOMITSU, ____|____          EI-ROKU 1558     adopted by: SUKEMITSU) KIYOMITSU                             See SUKEMITSU

KIYOMITSU Field of Players
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YOSAZAEMON KIYOMITSU GENGORO KIYOMITSU SAEMON KIYOMITSU JINSUKE KIYOMITSU
- TEN-MON 1532 Time Period -
______________________ ______________________ _________________ _________________
SAEMON-no-JO KIYOMITSU SABUROZAEMON KIYOMITSU GOUEMON KIYOMITSU YAUEMON KIYOMITSU
- EI-ROKU 1558
Time Period -
__________________ _________________ _______________________ ____________________
SHINJURO KIYOMITSU MAGOBEI KIYOMITSU SHICHIROUEMON KIYOMITSU HACHIUEMON KIYOMITSU
- TEN-SHO 1573
Time Period -

KIYOMITSU Group

KIYOMITSU BUN-MEI: Adopted by main MITSUTADA-line
descendant, SUKEMITSU. WAZAMONO cutting rated.
Making SUGUHA and SUGU GUNOME-MIDARE BA.
BISHU OSAFUNE SHOBEI-no-JO KIYOMITSU

KIYOMITSU EI-SHO (f: SHOBEI KIYOMITSU): Parent of
TEN-MON GOROZAEMON KIYOMITSU. Work from BUNGI to
TAI-EI 1521.
BISHU OSAFUNE KIYOMITSU
BIZEN-no-KUNI JU OSAFUNE GOROZAEMON-no-JO KIYOMITSU SAKU
 
BIZEN-no-KUNI JU OSAFUNE NOMURA GOROZAEMON-no-JO KIYOMITSU


KIYOMITSU TEN-MON (f: EI-SHO NOMURA KIYOMITSU
): Work from
TEN-MON 1532 TO EI-ROKU 1558. His are considered the
highest skill-level of the SUE-BIZEN stylists. He
made SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE with CHU-KISSAKI.
ITAME HADA has MOKUME that stands strongly. Some are
very tightly knit KO-ITAME HADA with JINIE.
Tight NIOI-GUCHI HIRO-SUGUHA or CHU-SUGU with isolated
KO-ASHI-IRI, and NOTARE BA with ASHI.
BO-HI carvings are seen.
BIZEN-no-KUNI JU OSAFUNE GOROZAEMON-no-JO KIYOMITSU BIZEN-no-KUNI JU OSAFUNE GOROZAEMON-no-JO FUJIWARA KIYOMITSU SAKU


KIYOMITSU EI-ROKU Generally in the style of GOROZAEMON. He made
SUGUHA KUZURE
BA with ASHI-IRI, GUNOME-MIDARE BA. Work
from EI-ROKU 1558 to GENKI 1570. WAZAMONO rated.

Kiyomitsu Katateuchi




Kiyomitsu Katateuchi
Nagasa: 21" 

SENGOKU SUGATA Deep SORI 

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Conservative CHU-SUGUHA shows a fine HATARAKI of KINSUJI, SUNAGASHI and K0-NIE that hugs the HABUCHI and dances in the grain. 

CHU-SUGU BOSHI where a long KINSUJI snakes to a fine KO-NIE HAKIKAKE KAERI. 

UBU, BIZEN KURIJIRI NAKAGO with one MEKUGI-ANA
and long signature.
 

BIZEN no KUNI JU OSAFUNE KIYOMITSU SAKU


Sho-shin and Dr Tokuno Kiyomitsu Kantei










Sotheby's
Kiyomitsu
Nagasa: 72cm

Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune,
Kamasu "Barracuda" style O-Kissaki.
Mokume hada has Ji-Nie.
Chu-Suguha of Nioi and Nie widens in the upper. Hataraki in the Habuchi.
Midare-Komi Hakikake Boshi.
Ubu Kurijiri nakago has two Mekugi-ana.
Bishu Osafune kiyomitsu
Eiroku Ganen x Gatsu Hi





































Bizen Kiyomitsu Tanto

Bizen Kiyomitsu Tanto
Nagasa: 8 3/4" (22.2cm)
Moto-haba: 7/8" (2.1cm)
Nakago: 4 1/8" (10.5cm)


Hira-tsukuri Tanto with Kurikara and Vajra Ken Horimono.
Fine Ko-Itame Hada has Jinie and very strong Midare Utsuri.
Sugu Ko-Midare Ba has a slight Aski-Notare drift in the Monouchi.
Kaen flame Boshi with deep wide Kaeri.
Ubu Kurijiri Nakago has one Mekugi-ana.
signed:

 Bishu Osafune Kiyomitsu
 Ei-Roku Hachi-nen Hachi Gatsu Hi





Kiyomitsu Katana


Kiyomitsu

Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune Chu-Kissaki Katana
Swirling and running Mokume Hada has JiNie and Chikei
Strong Chu-Suguha with much Hataraki
Ubu, Bizen Kurijiri Nakago with one Mekugi-ana

    Bizen-no-Kuni Ju Osafune Kiyomitsu
    KoJi San-Nen Gatsu Hi - 1557, 8th Month



Beyond the shift of political power and social revolution of  KEI-CHO, it is said that the withering of the long BIZEN sword  tradition was caused by the tragic YOSHII-GAWA DAI-KOZUI "Great  Flood" of the YOSHII River in TEN-SHO 18, 1590. Of the more than 150 sword producing families spread over the province, only one  BIZEN SUKESADA is reliably known to have survived to leave works and progeny to the TOKUGAWA Era. There were others, but they  migrated to the new seats of power,
    ...leaving BIZEN to its past.

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