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FUKUOKA ICHIMONJI NORIMUNE School
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NORIMUNE ICHIMONJI Founder SHO-GEN 1207
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SUKEMUNE SHO-GEN 1207                            SUKEYUKI       |
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SUKEMUNE(2)     MORIMUNE     SUKENORI TEI-O 1222                |
KEN-CHO 1249    JO-EI 1232      |                               |
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IYEYOSHI           UMANOSUKE SUKEKANE(1)         SUKEYOSHI      |
  | TEM-PUKU 1233               | JO-EI 1232      See School    |
  |______________               |___________         following  |
__|_______    ___|_____      ___|____    ___|____   _________   |
YOSHIMITSU    SHIGENORI      SUKEKANE(2) SANETADA   MASATSUGU   |
KEN-CHO 1249   YOSHIOKA         - KO-AN 1278 -      KO-AN 1278  |
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NARIMUNE             TOMONORI  NAOMUNE(2)    YASUNORI SHO-JI 1199    
  | SHO-GEN 1207      - SHO-JI 1199 -        ___|____                
  |                                          SUYENORI TEI-O 1222 
  |_______________ _______________ ______________ 
__|_____       ___|____       ____|____       ___|____ 
SUKEFUSA(1)    NARIMUNE(2)    SUKESHIGE       HISAMUNE RYAKU-NIN  
KEN-PO 1213    KEN-CHO 1249   TEM-PUKU 1233   ___|_____      1238 
See School           ________                 SHIGEHISA 
   following         NORINARI KEN-JI 1275       BUN-EI 1264



NORIMUNE SHO-GEN (f: SADANORI): SHO-GEN GOBAN - 1st month. BIZEN
        TAYU. Founded the ICHIMONJI with Emperor GOTOBA. SAKON
        SHOGEN. Born: 1152, Died: 1214. Narrow bladed, KOSHIZORI
        with deep FUNBARI to KO-KISSAKI TACHI where the upper 
        gently straightens. 
        KO-MOKUME with CHIKEI has JI-NIE and standing UTSURI. 
        Clear KO-NIE KO-MIDARE KO-CHOJI BA of ASHI and YO has 
        KINSUJI in SUNAGASHI. KIJI-MATA "Thigh of a Pheasant" 
        NAKAGO. Two-character MEI. GOBAN secret MEI: KIKU-MON. 
        NORIMUNE follows in OSAFUNE through the SUE-BIZEN.


KOKUHO NORIMUNE
























KOKUHO NORIMUNE                                 National Treasure
           NAGASA: 2 SHAKU 5.9 SUN              MOTO-HABA: 8.8 BU
             SORI: 9 BU                         SAKI-HABA: 5.2 BU
           NAKAGO: 6 SUN

           SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, KOSHIZORI TACHI where the 
           upper subtly straightens along the famous serenity of 
           its long, smooth FUNBARI. An oblique YOKOTE directs 
           the attitude of its small KO-KISSAKI. MIDARE-UTSURI 
           and JI-NIE veil KO-ITAME HADA. The sparkling frost of 
           its KO-NIE and NIOI-FUKASHI KO-MIDARE of KO-CHOJI has 
           enthralled for 800 years. A perfect ellipse arcs the 
           head of its HOSO-SUGU BOSHI, while vibrant figures 
           stand and lean through the foggy mist that walks the 
           crowded and slightly undulating line into the lower. 
           A thinnish, gently KIJI-MOMO NAKAGO is signed above 
           the ANA:
                      NORIMUNE 




FUKUOKA NORIMUNE School 

YASUNORI SHO-JI (f: NORIMUNE): To KEN-PO 1213.

SUYENORI TEI-O (t: NORIMUNE, f: YASUNORI): Work to KA-TEI 1235. 
           FUKUOKA JU. Became student of MITSUTADA. See OSAFUNE.
           ITAME HADA. CHOJI BA.

SUKEMUNE SHO-GEN (f: NORIMUNE): SHO-GEN GOBAN - 9th month. SAKON
        SHOGEN. SHURINOSUKE. Considered DAI-ICHIMONJI. FUKUOKA.
        Thin, early KAMAKURA KO-KISSAKI, KOSHIZORI TACHI with 
        strong FUNBARI. Upper gently straightens. Thinly veiled
        JI-NIE covers KO-ITAME HADA with standing MIDARE-UTSURI.
        KINSUJI and SUNAGASHI run in KO-MIDARE of KO-CHOJI BA 
        with ASHI in NIE. Small KAISHO (print-style) MEI. Later
        MEI had "I" form of TSUGU "Thread in two pieces."

SUKEMUNE KEN-CHO (f: SUKEMUNE): Mid-KAMAKURA, wide TACHI SUGATA.
        ICHIMONJI "Showy" CHOJI-MIDARE BA. The KEN-CHO smiths 
        competed for extremes in developing the ICHIMONJI ideal.

MORIMUNE JO-EI (f: SUKEMUNE): FUKUOKA JU. ITAME HADA. KO-CHOJI 
        MIDARE BA.

SUKENORI TEI-O (f: SUKEMUNE): OKI GOBAN - 11th & 12th month. Work
        seen in AN-TEI 1227. SAKON SHOGEN. His infant name, 
        SHINTARO was changed to SHURINOSUKE. A SHO-ICHIMONJI 
        smith under SUKEMUNE, he made the early style narrow, 
        KO-KISSAKI, KOSHIZORI TACHI SUGATA where the upper gently
        straightens. KO-ITAME is veiled in JI-NIE. KO-NIE and 
        NIOI KO-MIDARE of KO-CHOJI BA is exemplified with 
        occasional YO. SAKA-MIDARE BA and clustered CHOJI-MIDARE
        BA. His will be signed two-character MEI or with an ICHI
        above. Also a six-character large.
    MEI: SUKENORI
         ICHI SUKENORI
         BIZEN-no-KUNI SUKENORI TSUKURU

SUKEKANE(1) JO-EI (f: SUKENORI): UMANOSUKE. Work to KEN-CHO 1249.
        Made mid-KAMAKURA IKUBI KISSAKI SUGATA. ITAME HADA is 
        struck with MIDARE-UTSURI. Mid-KAMAKURA extravagant NIOI
        OBUSA CHOJI MIDARE BA. His large, thin stroked MEI is 
        purposely squared and angular.

SUKEKANE(2) KO-AN (f: UMANOSUKE SUKEKANE): His SUGATA goes from
        the mid-KAMAKURA IKUBI KISSAKI, wide TACHI to the 
        elongated CHU-KISSAKI of the later KAMAKURA. As we head
        for late KAMAKURA, GUNOME invades CHOJI patterns as the
        new trend sweeping all provinces. The ICHIMONJI KAWAZU 
        CHOJI is replaced with GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE. The attempt
        to make odd sized figures fit uniformly on the line or an
        evenness to the height.
Ichimonji Sukemune
Uesugi Kagekatsu





















                                  Uesugi Kagekatsu
Sukemune Sword of Uesugi Kagekatsu

Conquered his brother to take all of Kenshin's domains, consolidated most of Hokurikudo and served Hideyoshi. He was one of the 5 Tairo, entrusted with conservatorship in Hideyori's minority.
A loser at Sekigahara, Kagekatsu submitted and eventually opposed the Toyotomi at Osaka in favor of the Tokugawa. 





FUKUOKA NORIMUNE School SANETADA KO-AN (t: SUKEKANE, f: KANENAGA): KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA. NARIMUNE SHO-GEN (f: NORIMUNE, br: SUKEMUNE): Resided in the          capital at KYO ROKUHARA making swords. Work period runs          to SHO-KYU the date and title of GOTOBA's SHOKYU-RAN War.         This was at the time when his father was engaged with          Emperor GOTOBA creating the new ICHIMONJI sword, the          Imperial Excalibur for dreams of success against the          HOJO, who established their governorship at ROKUHARA          following the Emperor's defeat in 1221. Brother,          SUKEMUNEs' son takes the same name as uncle, NARIMUNE's         noted Kyoto signature, MORIMUNE. MORI and NARI, however,         appear in steel, much the same.         Narrow TACHI SUGATA. KO-NIE KO-MIDARE of KO-CHOJI BA          defined of different sized ASHI. 2nd in KEN-CHO 1249.      NAOMUNE      MORIMUNE - KYOTO SUKESHIGE TEM-PUKU (f: NARIMUNE): SHIGE form: MO "Richly growing"         grasses. He is considered KO-ICHIMONJI and made the          transition from early-KAMAKURA style, narrow upper with          small KO-KISSAKI falling through a deeply curved          KOSHIZORI, FUNBARI TACHI to the mid-KAMAKURA broadening          to the upper. His KO-ITAME HADA has JI-NIE.          Note: Early ICHIMONJI are still in the KO-BIZEN style          where KO-NIE is expected. KO-ICHIMONJI are transition          smiths, however.          Where the earlier, KO-ICHIMONJI will show the active          low to high HAMON fluctuation with KO-NIE, later we          see the YAKIBA expand toward the SHINOGI - leaving all          restraint.          Early ICHIMONJI: HEIAN-style SUGATA, KO-NIE and          fluctuating or undulating HAMON figures.          Full development finds the middle ICHIMONJI with          mid-KAMAKURA SUGATA, NIOI HAMON and the JI filled with         extravagant theme-figures.          Earlier SUKESHIGE will show KO-NIE with deep NIOI on a         fluctuating and ASHI defined KO-CHOJI BA with TOGARI. The         line gently undulates along the HA. SUGATA changes          through the transition to KEN-CHO where we find the broad         upper and ICHIMONJI OBUSA CHOJI patterns. KIJI-MOMO          NAKAGO shows a 16 petal KIKU-MON with his two-character         MEI.      (KIKU-MON) SUKESHIGE SUKEFUSA(1) KEN-PO (f: NARIMUNE): See SUKEFUSA School following HISAMUNE KEN-NIN (f: NARIMUNE): Standing KO-ITAME HADA. KO-NIE         and NIOI-DEKI KO-MIDARE BA to CHOJI-MIDARE BA. SHIGEHISA BUN-EI (f: HISAMUNE): Stuck to a KO-BIZEN style with an         early KAMAKURA feel. KO-KISSAKI, strong FUNBARI TACHI.         ITAME HADA has standing MIDARE-UTSURI. KO-MIDARE BA with         ASHI and evenly strung CHOJI-MIDARE BA. NORINARI KEN-JI: Also in YOSHIOKA. ASAKI-NOTARE BA with ASHI and         YO. YOSHIFUSA(2) HO-JI (f: NORIMUNE): KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA. YOSHIFUSA(3) BUN-EI (f: YOSHIFUSA): Work to KO-AN 1278. FUKUOKA.
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