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3．Musashi ( 武蔵 ) in Edo ( 江戸 )
The swords made in the Musashi area, katana and wakizashi, have a shallow sori (curvature). Often the width of the upper part of the body tends to be narrow. Usually, the hamon starts with a small irregular pattern, gradually becomes a bigger irregular, then a few inches under the yokote line, it becomes a small irregular again. The boshi is usually Komaru-boshi. The Ji-hada is somewhat rough. Masame-hada shows on Shinogi-ji.
Well-known swordsmiths in Musashi area —- Nagasone Okisato Nyudo Kotetsu (長曽根興里入道虎徹), Noda Hannkei (野田繁慶).
Nagasone Okisato Nyudo Kotetsu (長曽根興里入道虎徹) Once owned by my father.
- Echizen ( 越前 ) and 5. Kaga (加賀 )
Many swordsmiths from Mino (美濃) area moved to Echizen and Kaga area. Therefore, the sword made in this area is called Echizen- seki, and Kaga-seki. Refer to 23|Sengoku Period (戦国) Sword. The style of Echizen Yasutsugu (越前康継) is similar to the one of Mino Den.
Well-known swordsmith in Echizen ————————-—Echizen Yasutsugu (越前康継 )
- Hizen (肥前)
Both katana and wakizashi in Hizen have a well-balanced shape. Hizen area tends to make swords with Chu-suguha-hotsure (a medium-width straight hamon that looks like frayed fabric.) with fine nie (沸). The boshi has a regular clean line with uniform width tempered line, as shown in the illustration below. If you see a shinto sword which has Chu-suguha hamon and a boshi that looks like the one below, it is often made by Hizen Tadayoshi (肥前忠吉). Very fine Ji-hada (surface), sometimes called Nukame-hada.
Well-known swordsmith in Hizen ———————————— Hizen Tadayoshi ( 肥前忠吉)
- Satsuma (薩摩 )
The swords made in Satsuma have a solid look for both katana and wakizashi. Kissaki (the top pointed area) is a little stretched. Yakidashi (a few inches above machi ) shows small irregular hamon. Hamon is O-midare with coarse nie called Ara-nie. The Ara-nie forms Togari-ba (pointed pattern, see the drawing below). One of the characteristics of this region is Satsuma-nie. That is, the Ara-nie around hamon continues into and blends into the Ji-hada area. Therefore the border of Ha-nie and Ji-nie is unclear. Inside the hamon, sometimes shows a thick line shaped like lightning. This line is called Satsuma-no-imozuru (sweet potato vine). This is the most prominent feature of the Satsuma sword. Boshi has a narrow-tempered line with a small irregular pattern. This is called Satsuma-boshi. On the Ji-hada surface, a long dark line like chikei appears. This is called Satsuma-gane (薩摩金).
Well-known swordsmiths in Satsuma ———————- Izunokami Masafusa (伊豆守正房) Ichinohira Yasuyo (一平安代) Mondonosho Masakiyo (主水正正清)