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YAMATO
YAMATO TAIMA School





              
Begins around JO-EI 1232 and under way by HO-JI 1247. 
KO-ITAME MASAME mix. JI-NIE. SUGU KO-MIDARE KUZURE
with ASHI and YO. UCHINOKE and NIE-ITO "Threads." 
SUGU BOSHI. Note: The signature, TAIMA appears on
school pieces and others. These can be important work
of master smiths but must be historically placed and
judged on individual merit.
     ____________________             
From KO-SENJUIN TOMOMITSU HO-GEN 1156 
        ____|___
        TOMOYUKI(1) KO-AN 1278
        ____|_____   
        TOSHIMITSU(1) EN-KEI 1308
        ____|_____      
        TOSHIMITSU(2) KEM-MU 1334        ____|___
                                         KUNIYUKI(1) SHO-O 1288
   __________________________________________|__________________
__|______            - brothers -        ____|___               |
TOSHIYUKI HO-JI 1247 to EI-NIN 1293      KUNIYUKI(2)            |
  |________________________ _________        | EI-NIN 1293      |
__|_____               ____|___   ___|____   |                  |
KUNIKIYO KA-REKI 1326  TOMONAGA   KANEKIYO   |                  |
__|_____               O-AN 1368  ___|_____  |                  |
TOMONAGA SHO-HEI 1346             MITSUTOMO  |                  |
  | (f: TOMOKIYO)                 SHO-O 1288 |                  |
  |________________________                  |                  |
__|______              ____|____             |                  |
SUYETOSHI BUN-WA 1352  TOMOMITSU(3)          |                  |
__|_______             KO-RYAKU 1379         |                  |
TOSHIMITSU O-EI 1394   ______________________|                  |
__|_______       _____|___               ____|___               |
TOSHIMITSU       TOMOMITSU SHO-CHU 1324  TOMOKIYO GEN-O 1319    |
BUN-AN 1444         _____________ ___________|                  |
                ___|____     ____|____   ____|___               |
                TSUGUARI     TOMOTSUNA   TOMOYUKI(2)            |
                TEI-JI 1362  BUN-WA 1352     | KA-REKI 1326     |
               ______________________________|___________       |
______________|____                      ____|___     ___|_____ |
ECHIZEN JU NOBUNAGA(2) O-EI 1394         TOMOYUKI(3)  TOMOMITSU |
______________|____                      ____|___     O-EI 1394 |
ECHIZEN JU NOBUNAGA(3) SHO-CHO           TOMOYUKI(4)            |
                                          O-EI 1394             |
    ____________________________________________________________|
___|____    
ARITOSHI(1) EI-NIN 1293
   |___________________________ _________________________ 
___|____                   ____|____                  ___|____   
ARITOSHI(2)                TOMOTOSHI(1) KA-REKI 1326  ARIMITSU   
   | KEM-MU 1334           ____|____                  SHO-WA 1312
   |____________________   TOMOTOSHI(2) TEI-WA 1345   
___|____        ________|_____     
ARITOSHI O-EI   ASAKO NOBUNAGA(1) O-AN 1368
___|____                             ________                 
ARITOSHI EI-KYO 1429                 SUYEYUKI(1) O-EI 1394    
___|____                             ___|____ SUGU HOTSURE BA 
ARITOSHI KAN-SHO 1460                SUYEYUKI(2) CHO-ROKU 1457

Taima Tanto - Nagasa: 24.6cm


Den Taima - Kokuho

Den Taima - Kiku-Tsukuru Koshito - Kokuho
Nagasa: 26.5cm
Moto-Haba: 2.6cm

Kanmuri-Otoshi Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, Slightly Uchizori.
Naginata-Hi.
Smooth Masame Hada has exceptional Ji-Nie and Chikei.
Streaming Sunagashi and Nie-Kuzure flows on an Asaki-Notare.
Togari deep Saagari Boshi with long falling Kaeri.


YAMATO TAIMA School      * With KUNIYUKI, TAIMA begins *
KUNIYUKI SHO-O: TAIMA Founder. KUNIYUKI HYOE-no-JO stands out as
        the first master of TAIMA. TAIMA predecessors sit in his
        shadow. Extant swords place KUNIYUKI years between SHO-O
        1288 and GEN-O1319. There are TACHI and TANTO. 
        TACHI are SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, SUE-KAMAKURA 
        SUGATA with small but elongated KISSAKI. Raised SHINOGI 
        and wide SHINOGI-JI. KO-ITAME with MASAME having JI-NIE 
        and CHIKEI. Excellent and strong KO-NIE on uneven SUGU -
        GUNOME mix, NIJUBA style KO-GUNOME HA with HOTSURE from 
        the line. KINSUJI and INAZUMA. BOSHI can be SUGUHA or 
        NOTARE to YAKIZUMI of HAKIKAKE following the grain.
        See KOKUHO below.
    MEI: KUNIYUKI

TOSHIYUKI EI-NIN (br: KUNIYUKI): SUGU and NIJUBA bay-like NOTARE. 
    MEI: YAMATO-no-KUNI TOSHIYUKI

TOMONAGA O-AN (f: TOSHIYUKI): YAHEE. SUGUHA and KO-GUNOME HA with 
        SUNAGASHI.
    MEI: YAMATO-no-KUNI JU TOMONAGA

KUNIKIYO KA-REKI (f: TOSHIYUKI): MASAME. SUGUHA and NOTARE BA.
    MEI: KUNIKIYO

TOMONAGA SHO-HEI (f: TOMOKIYO, t: KUNIKIYO): MASAME. SUGU NOTARE 
        KO-GUNOME HA with SUNAGASHI.
    MEI: YAMATO-no-KUNI TOMONAGA
         YAMATO-no-KUNI JU TOMONAGA SAKU
         YAMATO-no-KUNI SOEKAMI-GORI JU TOMONAGA

TOMOKIYO GEN-O (f: KUNIYUKI 2):From GEN-O 1319 to RYAKU-O 1338. 
           Raised SHINOGI and wide SHINOGI-JI TACHI SUGATA with 
           thick KASANE.Fine KO-MASAME HADA has JI-NIE.NIE-DEKI 
           SUGU-NOTARE BA and GUNOME-MIDARE HA with HOTSURE from
           KUICHIGAI and NIJUBA. SUNAGASHI runs.
    MEI: TAIMA TOMOKIYO
         YAMATO-no-KUNI TAIMA TOMOKIYO

TOMOKIYO O-EI: From KA-KEI 1387 to O-EI 1394.
    MEI: TOMOKIYO

TOMOYUKI(2) KA-REKI (f: TOMOKIYO, grf: KUNIYUKI):To BUN-WA 1352. 
           HYOEnoJO. Work resembles KANENAGA. Steel shows CHIKEI. 
           HOTSURE and NIJUBA with KINSUJI.
    MEI: TAIMA
         TOMOYUKI
         TAIMA TOMOYUKI

TOMOTSUNA BUN-WA (f: TOMOKIYO): From KEM-MU 1334 to TEI-JI 1362. 
        SABEInoJO. ARA-NIE SUGUHA, SUGU KUICHIGAI BA, and GUNOME 
        with ASHI. SUNAGASHI and KINSUJI.
    MEI: TOMOTSUNA
         YAMATO-no-KUNI SABEInoJO TOMOTSUNA

Taema Tachi






Taema Tachi
Nagasa: 68cm - 263/4"
Late Kamakura Sugata - Strong Upper with wide Ji of little Niku and broad Kissaki. Wide Bo-hi resolves to Maru-dome at the base of the Nakago.
Excellent balance of form.

Sweeping Kinsuji and Inazuma, Nijuba in Sunagashi.
Some small Gunome figures like Dohi or possibly Tamagaki. 

Yakiba hugs Fukura.
Nie Hakikake Boshi with Whiskers.

Two Mekugi-ana on well-shaped
Haagari Kurijiri Nakago



























KOKUHO TAIMA KUNIYUKI

KOKUHO KUNIYUKI               National Treasure
   NAGASA: 2.3 SHAKU              MOTO-HABA: 9.4 BU
     SORI: 5 BU                             SAKI-HABA: 5.2 BU
   NAKAGO: 5.8 SUN


   Late KAMAKURA style SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE TACHI.
   Wide and raised SHINOGI-JI on shallow TORIIZORI with 
   elongated CHU-KISSAKI. Refined and running ITAME has 
   fine JI-NIE. Thinning CHU-SUGU shows shallow bays
   in undulating GUNOME. ASHI sieves and falls while HOTSURE
   pulls from the line, laying off the HABUCHI like  settling smoke.
   Beautiful KO-NIE resides in NIOI-FUKASHI. There is KINSUJI.
   BOSHI is SUGUHA with KINSUJI. KO-MARU KAERI is a pebbled
   HAKIKAKE that sweeps the MASA grain. SURIAGE TACHI-MEI
    with four MEKUGI-ANA (one - multiple) signed, 

                                                                   Kuniyuki


    

YAMATO TAIMA School
TSUGUARI SHI-TOKU (f: TOMOKIYO): Buddhist name is ARIHOSHI. Began 
           in EN-BUN 1356. SUGUHA in deep NIE.
    MEI: TSUGUARI
         ARIHOSHI
         A-RI-HO-WU-SHI (HIRAGANA)

ARITOSHI(1) EI-NIN (t: KUNIYUKI): KO-ITAME with MASAME. SUGU that
        shows NIJUBA. SHIMA-BA found. NIE.
    MEI: ARITOSHI
         EI-NIN ROKU-NEN ARITOSHI

ARITOSHI(2) KEM-MU (f: ARITOSHI): CHO ARITOSHI. CHOBEIJO. SAIKYO.
        ITAME runs with MASAME. SUGU KO-GUNOME. KOSHI-HIRAKI 
        "Open-bellied" GUNOME HA. BOSHI: KO-MARU of HAKIKAKE. 
        ARITOSHI also found in O-EI 1394 and KAN-SHO 1460.
    MEI: ARITOSHI
         CHO ARITOSHI

ASAKO TAIMA
NOBUNAGA(1) O-AN (t: ARITOSHI): ASAKO. NOBUNAGA(1)s' son studied
        with TOMOKIYO and moved to ECHIZEN. SUGU KO-MIDARE and 
        GUNOME HA with HOTSURE (TOMOKIYO - KUNIYUKI style) and
        SUNAGASHI. Teachings to KAGA - ECHIZEN.
    MEI: NOBUNAGA

NOBUNAGA(2)&(3): The O-EI spreads its wings. O-EI BIZEN MORIMITSU
        is chased even by TAIMA TOMOYUKIs' students. They moved 
        to ECHIZEN. See KAGA and ECHIZEN.
 
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