0-timeline - size 24 Late KamakuraThe circle above indicates the time we discuss in this section

17 Soshu Tanto

Sugata (Style 姿)—-Three types of Tanto appeared (as below)

  1. Takenoko-Zori —– Approximately 10 inches or so, that is slightly longer than middle Kamakura period. Hirazukuri shape.  The width is a little wider than the middle Kamakura period. Refer 12| The Middle Kamakura Period Tanto
  2. Chukan-Zori—–Mune side is straight, Hirazukuri, wide Mihaba (width), slightly thick body, Fukura Kareru.
  3. Saki-Zori —–bend outward at the top, Hirazukuri, Fukura Kareru (illustration below)

17 Three Tanto

9 Boshi Fukura

Hi () and engravings (彫刻)————-Often Hi (groove) shows on Mune side, sometimes Ken (dagger) and Bonji (Sanskrit) are curved inside the wide Hi.  Refer12| The Middle Kamakura Period Tanto for Hi.

17 Bonji Suken          17 Gomabashi Hi

Hamon (tempered line 刃文) ————- Hamon is almost the same as the sword of Late Kamakura period.  Refer 14| Late Kamakura Period Sword.   Some Tanto may have wide Hamon and others may have narrow Hamon.  Often shows narrow Hamon at the lower part,  then wider Hamon at the top.  The work of Hamon around Fukura area is the widest and most showy.

15 Late Kamakura Soshu Hamon         17 Masamune Hamon

Jihada (the area between Hamon and Shinogi) 地鉄 ——-Jihada is excellent.  A lot of Jinie (Nia work on Jihada) and Yubashiri and Chikei

17 Yubashiri, Chikei

Yubashiri, Chikei both are created by the collection of Nie

Early Soshu Den (school) swordsmiths at the late Kamakura Period

Soshu den (school) —————–Yukimitsu (行光), Masamune (正宗), Sadamune (貞宗)  Yamashiro Den (school)———————-Rai Kunitsugu (来国次), Rai Kunimitsu (来国光) Yamato Den (shool) —————————————-0000000Taema Kuniyuki (当麻国行)  Ettchu Province ———————————————————-Ettsu Norishige (越中則重) Chikuzen province—————————————————Chikuzen Samoji (筑前左文字)

17 Enju Kuniyoshi

Enju Kuniyoshi (延寿国吉)
once family sword


Goro-Nyudo Masamune
Sano Museum catalog

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