This chapter is the detailed section of Chapter 10. Please read chapter 10 one more time before you read this chapter.
Middle Kamakura period was the height for the Bizen Den. Often, in a different region other than Bizen, swordsmiths are affected by people’s preferences and politics in their region. But Bizen was not affected by those elements as much throughout the time. The clients of Bizen-Den were from all over the country. Therefore, the swords that were created by Bizen area tends to be the kind liked by everybody.
The general style of Bizen Den
- Their style tends to be likable by everybody in general.
- Style, the Width of the blade, the Thickness of the body, and tempered line are not unusual. Seldom you see out of ordinary
- Nioi base
- Soft feeling Jigane
- Utsuri (cloud-like shadow) shows.
- Tempered line tends to have the same width, not too wide not too narrow.
Fukuoka Ichimonji group
Names of swordsmiths among Fukuoka Ichimonji group: Fukuoka Ichimonji Norimune (福岡一文字則宗), Fukuoka Ichimonji Sukemune ( 福岡一文字助宗 ). Those two are the main Fukuoka Ichomnji group (福岡一文字 ).
Among Fukuoka Ichimonji group, six swordsmiths received the honor as “Gobankaji” from the Emperor Gotoba (後鳥羽上皇 ), Including Norimune and Sikemune. I saw Fukuoka Ichimonji Yoshimune at Mori Sensei’s class on June 25. The year was not written. Probably, from 1971 to 1973. My note said I saw a lot of Utsuri (shadow) on the blade.
Sugata (shape or figure) ———- Graceful and classy shape. Generally well proportioned. The width difference between the top width and bottom width is not much. Sometimes stout looking Kissaki like Ikubi Kissaki.
Hi and Engraving ———- The tip of Hi maybe a little bit higher. Machi area finishes with a square end, or kakinagashi (refer to chapter 9 «part 2» Middle Kamakura Period –Yamashiro-Den
Hamon ———- So-called wide Ichimonnji-Choji tempered line. From the bottom to the top, same width temper line. Front and back is the same type of Hamon. O-Choji –Midare (large clove shape), Jyuka-Choji Midare (looks like overwrapped). Nie base. Inazuma, Kinsuji appears.
Boshi ———- Hamon continues into Boshi area and end with Yakizume or turn slightly. Sometimes O-maru.
Jihada or Jitetsu ———- Fine and soft look, with woodgrain, lots of Utsuri (cloud-like shadow or reflection)