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YAMATO
SHIZU       Traveled to Kamakura and settled in Naoe town



SHIZUSABURO KANEUJI traveled from YAMATO to study with MASAMUNE.
He crossed lines later and founded MINO-DEN in the North 
(NAMBOKUCHO). High SHINOGI, wide SHINOGI-JI. ITAME with MASAME. 

YAMATO - SUGU KO-MIDARE of KO-NIE mostly. Some school pieces 
with GUNOME O-MIDARE in NIOI. (see MINO - SHIZU School)


                         _____________________
"The Ten Students"       TEGAI KANENAGA School
   MINO founder     _________|___ 
                    SHIZU KANEUJI(1) GEN-O 1319  - MINO in KEM-MU
                             |_______________    
                          ___|___         ___|____
                          KANEUJI(2)      KANETOMO(1) KEM-MU 1334
                            EN-BUN 1356   ___|____       
                                          KANETOMO(2) TEI-JI 1362
                                          ___|____ 
                                          KANETOMO(3) O-EI 1394
                                          ___|____
                                          KANETOMO(4) EI-KYO 1429

"The Ten Students"
KANEUJI(1) GEN-O: SHIZU Founder. KANE form: HO "Pregnant woman."
        He is of TEGAI roots. Old books say he was the son TEGAI
        KANENAGA, the TEGAI dean. However, there are no ZAI-MEI 
        with this KANE. Only O-SURIAGE MU-MEI and logic would 
        therefore tell us to expect KANENAGA influence in early
        work. Attribution pieces have been SUE-KAMAKURA style 
        with wide and raised SHINOGI. MASAME HADA. KO-GUNOME with
        clear NIE JI-BA along the line. As one of the "Ten 
        Students" it is taught that he moved for study with SOSHU
        MASAMUNE and then traveled to MINO where his KANE form 
        changes to KEN "Combine." Note: the "Ten Students" is 
        largely a fanciful legend. There are different smiths 
        included, all great names of the time. Some we know to 
        have been a MASAMUNE peer at the least. 
        Later KANEUJI work shows SUNAGASHI and KINSUJI in a more
        exuberant O-GUNOME O-MIDARE BA with SHIMA-BA, TOBI and 
        HAKIKAKE YAKIBA. See MINO
    MEI: KANEUJI

KANEUJI(2) EN-BUN (f: KANEUJI 1):  Wide NAMBOKUCHO blades. ITAME
        MASAME. SUGU KO-MIDARE HA. NIOI-DEKI GUNOME O-MIDARE and
        HITATSURA style.
    MEI: KANEUJI
         KANEUJI SAKU


Kaneuji
Nagasa: 2 Shaku 2 Sun 7 Bu (69.78cm)
Sori: 7 Bu (2.1cm)
Moto-haba: 9 Bu 5 Rin (2.9cm)
Saki-haba: 6 Bu 2 Rin (1.9cm)
Kissaki-naga: 9 Bu 9 Rin (3cm)
Nakago: 6 Sun 8 Bu (20.7cm)


Yamato-Shizu.
Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune with raised Shinogi-taka. Graceful, even curve to Ko-Kissaki.
Busy Itame Hada crowds Masame. There is Ji-Nie.
Tightly defined Nioi of deep Ko-Nie Fukashi Hoso-Sugu width Ko-Gunome Midare Ba dances with the grain.
Asaki-Notare Boshi to small Kaeri.
Suriage Nakago has two Mekugi-ana and is signed at the bottom above the original Ana and Kiri-jiri:
       Kaneuji
Gold Inlay:
        Matsudaira Toshitaka Yo-Shi

 
Juyo Bijutsu-Hin Kaneuji




YAMATO SHIZU School

KANETOMO(1) KEM-MU (t:KANEUJI 1): TEGAI. Moved with KANEUJI(1) to MINO, changing the first character of his name along with his KEM-MU YAMATO style. He was a maker of important pieces. ZAI-MEI are to be carefully judged. See MINO. MEI: KANETOMO

KANETOMO(2)TEI-JI (f:KANETOMO 1): TEGAI. Thought to be NAOE KANETOMO (MINO KANETOMO 2). HIRA-TSUKURI, MITSU-MUNE, strong and wide KO-WAKIZASHI. Luminous ITAME-HADA under a veil of JI-NIE. KO-NIE DEKI shallow NOTARE GUNOME-MIDARE with some KO-ASHI and YO. SUNAGASHI. HAKIKAKE BOSHI with TSUKI-AGE KAERI (thrust and swept). MEI: KANETOMO KANETOMO(3) O-EI: TEGAI. While his forebears, KANETOMO(1) and (2), championed SHIZU in MINO,KANETOMO(3) stayed in YAMATO. O-EI style overtook his later work from a beginning of late NAMBOKUCHO style, an appraisal note. SHINOGI- TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, strongly curved KO-KISSAKI TACHI. ITAME MOKUME that runs. KO-NIE NOTARE GUNOME HA with SUNAGASHI and KINSUJI, where NIOI is clear. O-MARU or HAKIKAKE BOSHI with KO-MARU and long turnback. MEI: KANETOMO YAMATO-no-KUNI KANETOMO KANETOMO(4) EI-KYO: TEGAI. SUGUHA or GUNOME-MIDARE patterns with SUNAGASHI in NIE. MEI: KANETOMO WASHU TEGAI JU KANETOMO









Kaneuji
Nagasa: 6 Sun 5 Bu (19.7cm)
MuSori
Moto-haba: 6 Bu 6 Rin (2cm)
Moto-kasane: 1 Bu (0.45cm)
Nakago: 2 Sun 6 Bu (8.02cm)
Nakagozori: 5 Rin (0.15cm)


Hira-tsukuri, Mitsu-mune Tanto. Yamato Shizu origin.
Ko-Itame, Masame mixed Hada has Ji-Nie dappling on the surface.
Asaki-Notare, very gentle undulation of Ko-Gunome Midare Ba in fine Ko-Nie and deep Nioi-Fukashi.
Boshi becomes deep to Ko-Maru in very fine Ko-Nie Hakikake.
Curved, evenly-wide Furisode style Nakago with two Mekugi-ana.
Signed:

     Kaneuji


Juyo Bunkazai Kaneuji






Yamato Shizu Tachi
Nagasa: 68cm

Typical Nambokucho Tachi of wide, flat Ji, Bohi and imposing O-Kissaki. This Sugata came to full flower in the 1340s to 1350.
Running Itame with O-Hada having Jinie and Nie Jiba that mixes with Utsuri in places.
Grouped Ko-Choji Midare is strafed with streaming Sunagashi and Kinsuji.
Long O-Suriage Nakago of good color and texture, has two Mekugi-ana, where a third rests on the Jiri.

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






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