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The characteristics of Yamashiro Den swords
Sugata(shape)—– In general, the blade is narrow, especially near the Yokote line. The bottom of the blade has fundari (A-line shape). Kasane is thick. The curvature type is usually Kyo-zori (the deepest curvature comes at about the middle). It has a small Kissaki with Fukura. Shinogi is thick with Gyo-no-mune or Shin-no-mune. Please see the three illustrations below for Sugata.
Horimono (Engraving)—– The tip of a Hi (樋, groove) follows the exact shape of the Ko-shinogi line. Sometimes you may see Bonj (Sanscrit) and Suken (see the illustration).
Nakago (hilt: 中心)—————Long and thin with curvature
Hamon (tempered line: 刃文) —————Mostly Suguha (straight line), Niju-Ba (double Hamon), or Suguha with an irregular wavy line. Sometimes a thin gold lightning-like line called Inazuma faintly appears. The tempered line is mostly Nie. The below is Suguha,
豊後国行平(Bungo-no-Kuni-Yukihira) Sano Museum Catalog permission granted
* Bungo-no-Kuni-Yukihira was a Yamashiro Den swordsmith from the Bungo area.
Boshi(鋩子)——– Komaru-boshi (small round) Omaru-boshi (large round) Ji-hada (地肌) ——-Well forged fine surface. Small burl pattern. Jinie (地沸) on the surface.
Names of the swordsmiths during the middle Kamakura period
- Ayano-Koji group ———————————– Ayano-Koji Sadatoshi (綾小路 定利 )
- Awataguchi group ————————————- Awataguchi kunituna (粟田口国綱)
- Rai group ————————-Rai kuniyuki (来国行) Rai Nijikunitoshi (来ニ字国俊)
Rai Kunitoshi (来国俊) Sano Museum Catalogue, Permission granted