17 time lineThe circle indicate the time we are discussing in this section

17 Soshu Tanto

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

1. Takenoko-zori, slightly longer than the previous time (usually 10 inches long). Hirazukuri shape.  The width became a little wider than the middle Kamakura period tanto.   ( Those are described in 13|Tanto ( 短刀) Middle Kamakura Period.

2. Chukan-zori (back of the sword is straight), Hirazukuri wide Mihaba (width) with the meaty surface, Fukura Kareru.

3. Saki-zori (bend outwardly at the top), Hirazukuri Fukura Kareru. (refer 9 Middle Kamakura – Yamashiro school)

17 Three Tanto

9 Boshi Fukura

Hi (樋)and engravings(彫刻)————-Often Hi (groove) shows on Mune side, sometimes Ken (spear) and Bonji (Sanskrit) are curved inside the wide Hi. (Refer 13|Tanto ( 短刀) Middle Kamakura Period   for Hi refer 9 Middle Kamakura- Yamashiro school).

17 Bonji Suken          17 Gomabashi Hi

Hamon (tempered line 刃文) ————- Hamon is almost the same as the Late Kamakura period sword.   (refer 15 Late Kamakura Period.  Some Tanto may have wide Hamon and others may have narrow Hamon.  Often lower part of the Tanto is narrow Hamon,  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

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

17 Yubashiri, Chikei

Late Kamakura Period Early Soshu Den (style) Sword Smiths

Soshu den (school) ——————–Yukimitsu (行光), Masamune (正宗), Sadamune (貞宗) Yamashiro Den (school)——————-Rai Kunimitsu (来国光)  Rai Kunitsugu (来国次)Yamato Den (shool) —————————————————- Taema 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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