NAGAMITSU GEN-O (t: SHINTOGO KUNIMITSU): SABURO. KO-MOKU. SUGUHA.
"The Ten Students" - See The Ten Students
KUNISHIGE(1) KEM-MU (t: MASAMUNE): CHOBE. Tradition tells us his
line was from HATSUSE in YAMATO, however, as HASEBE was
his school, this could be a misnomer that passed into
reference. It mixes with another long held notion that
KUNISHIGE was of SENJUIN or TAIMA roots and then fell
into the SHINTOGO KUNIMITSU, HASEBE fold. Sword making
and study at GOJO BOMON INOKUMA Gate, YAMASHIRO. Wide and
thin (a SOSHU marker), slightly curved sword body.
Elongated CHU-KISSAKI. IHORI-MUNE or MARU-MUNE. KO-MOKUME
becomes MASA toward the MUNE. NIE-FUKASHI GUNOME-MIDARE
resides as a NOTARE undulation, - SOSHU style. SUNAGASHI
and KINSUJI are HAKIKAKE brushed through competing GUNOME
rises. HYOTAN "Gourd" and other double GUNOME forms
inhabit the wall of jumbled mounds. Flared YUBASHIRI-like
TOBI-YAKI hug grain lines and paint HITATSURA to the
upper. HAKIKAKE sweeps TOGARI or MARU from a MIDARE-KOMI
BOSHI wherein a bay or trough may dip for the HA. Also a
deep KAERI-FUKASHI might contain a bump or widening. This
key and lock BOSHI pattern, if present, may be very
Note: Published OSHIGATA and technicals have long
established two NAMBOKUCHO KUNISHIGE MEI. Judgment of
MU-MEI or ZAI-MEI between the 1st and 2nd KUNISHIGE can
be difficult. The definer favoring KUNISHIGE(1) is clear
moisture of surface-steel and TOBI-YAKI in the upper.
KUNISHIGE(2) throws TOBI in the lower.
Tokubetsu Juyo Hasebe
KUNISHIGE(2) EN-BUN (f: KUNISHIGE 1): CHOBEJIRO. From TEI-WA 1345
at GOJO BOMON INOKUMA Gate. O-AN 1368 is his outside
career limits. Earlier pieces are the SOSHU, slightly
undulating GUNOME HA. The HAMON broadens with time to
O-GUNOME MIDARE. After the BUN-WA, we see HIRA-TSUKURI
TANTO and O-TANTO. An O-AN 1.8 SHAKU WAKIZASHI exists.
ITAME has MASAME toward the MUNE. Standing HADA may
appear rough, and showing strongly dappled BO-UTSURI.
His ASAKI KO-NOTARE of GUNOME with TOBI-YAKI set the
pattern for HASEBE smiths. O-GUNOME MIDARE might seem to
splatter from the compact undulation which moves under
TOBI and MUNE-YAKI, rivaling HIROMITSU for the SOSHU era
HITATSURA-BA crown. MARU-BOSHI with deep turnback. KUNI
frame may contain the radicals, TAMA "Jewel" or
2 SHAKU 1.4 SUN
SORI: 3 BU
MOTO-HABA: 1 SUN
SAKI-HABA: 8.2 BU
NAKAGO: 5.3 SUN
NOBUNAGA's favorite sword. A
Family Treasure of the KURODA, it
was owned by KURODA JOSUI
(formally YOSHITAKA) who married
into the KODERA and defended
HIMEJI against their long
landlords, the AKAMATSU. He joined
the call of NOBUNAGA seeing his
former Lord, KODERA NORIMOTO boat
another course and lose HIMEJI to
HIDEYOSHI's drive down the coast.
In 1600 he supported TOKUGAWA in
KYUSHU - and then retired.
particularly strong NAMBOKUCHO
SUGATA: Wide, slightly curved,
broad O-KISSAKI and BO-HI. The HI
lays on the SHINOGI, resolving to
its back in a slope, its point
just in line with the YOKOTE.
YUBASHIRI apparitions burst from
eruptions in the lower to ride a
maelstrom through the JI. The
YAKIBA appears as a fire-ravaged
structure that simply expurgated
into the air. The upper is tame.
Crowded ASHI drop and run, opening
jumbled GUNOME heads.
YUBASHIRI cling to TAMA-like TOBI
that sail into the bay of a deep
URA. The MIDARE OMOTE is CHU-width
with a few dotting TOBI.
mounted as a KATANA.
KINZOGAN-MEI "Signature imitated
- on the URA
HON-A(cao) - on
MOMOYAMA Period UCHIGATANA mounts
of red Same
colored (bluish green) and gold
Saya by Nobuiye.