This chapter is the detailed part of chapter 28| Main 7 Areas of Shin-To Sword (Part A). Please read chapter 28 before reading this chapter.
As it was described in chapter 28, here are the main seven areas of sword making. They are Yamashiro (山城 in Kyoto), Settsu (摂津 today’s Osaka), Musashi (武蔵 Edo), Echizen (越前) and Kaga (加賀), Hizen (肥前), Satsuma (薩摩).
During Ko-To time, usually, if a sword has a wide Hamon line with Nie, Ji-Hada is also large wood grain or large burl grain. Also, when you see a narrow Hamon line, usually with fine or small Ji-Hada on Ko-To. But on Shin-To, wide Hamon with Nie with small wood grain or small burn grain on Ji-Hada. And narrow Hamon line with a large wood grain Ji-Hada. This is the Shin-To characteristic. Because of that, Some people may confuse with shin-To as Ko-To. But other features like Ji-Tetsu or other parts should indicate the Shin-To or Ko-To.
* Early Soshu-Den during the late Kamakura period, some swordsmith did wide Hamon with Nie with small burl. Because of that whether it was Ko-To or Shin-To was confused. But other features like Ji-Tetsu or other parts should indicate the Shin-To or Ko-To.
- Yamashiro (山城 Kyoto)
Horikawa Kunihiro From Sano Museum Catalogue
Horikawa Kunihiro (堀川国広) is considered a great master swordsmith of Shin-To swordsmith. He forged his sword in different styles and different characteristic. The types of Hamon are O-Notare, O-Gunome, Togari-Ba (pointed Hamon), Chu-Suguha with hotsure, Hiro-Suguha, with Sunagashi effect, Inazuma, Kinsuji appears. The shape of the sword Kunihiro liked to create was the one like Nanboku-Cho time O-suriage style (shortened Nanboku-Cho long sword). Kunihiro’s sword gives you a massive feeling. Kunihiro did very fine carvings, like a dragon, Sanskrit letter, etc. Since he did many different styles, there is no general characteristic on his sword other than Hamon is mainly Nie. Very finely forged Ji-Hada
Iga-no-Kami Kinnmichi (伊賀守金道) Dewa Daijyo Kunimichi (出羽大掾国路)
Both photos were taken by my father a long time ago. The quality of the photo is not good. Both were once my family-owned. Both Juyo Token
Characteristics of Iga-no-Kami Kinmichi ( 伊賀守金道)
Iga-no-Kami Kinmichi family is called Mishina group. Refer chapter 28| Main 7 Areas of Shin-To Sword (Part A). Iga-no-Kami Kinmichi received the honorable Japanese Imperial Chrysanthemum crest. The characteristic of his sword; Wide sword, Shallow curvature, Kissaki extended, Sakizori (curvature at 1/3 top). Wide tempered line, Kyo Yakidashi (refer 28|Main 7 Areas of Shin-To Sword (Part A), Hiro Suguha (wide straight Hamon). O-Notare (large wavy), Yahazu Midare, Hako-Midare (refer 25|Sengoku Period Tanto (戦国時代). Boshi is Mishina Boshi (refer 28|Main 7 Areas of Shin-To Sword (Part A). Fine wood burl, Masame appears on Shinogi area.
Dewa Daijo Kunimichi (出羽大掾国路)
Dewa Daijo Kunimichi was the best student of Horikawa Kunihiro (The 1st photo above). Like Kunihiro, the shape of the sword was like a shortened Nanboku-Cho sword. Shallow curvature, wide body, somewhat stretched kissaki and Fukura kareru (less arch in Fukura). Wide tempered line, Large Gunome, Nie, with Sunagashi, Inazuma shows. Among large Gunome, double Gunome (two gunome side by side) appears. Fine Ji-Tetsu.