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JU-SAN no MITSUKE - Discovery of the Thirteen Points

The secret to appraisal is appreciating and cataloging different aspects of
the following sword characteristics in two operations that reveal
time-period and school for an individual smith. (see KOTO - Placing Time
Period and THE FIVE SCHOOLS)         

   1.    SUGATA  (shape)             MI - Blade style 
                                                SHINOGI-TSUKURI?
                  Original shape?                  HIRA-TSUKURI?
 ____________________                SORI - Depth?  Symmetry?
 JU-SAN no MITSUKE   |                                KOSHIZORI?
"Discovery of the    |                                TORIIZORI?
    Thirteen Points" |                                 SAKIZORI?
  -MI                |               FUNBARI - Tapering?
  -SORI              |                         Width of MOTO-HABA
  -MUNE              |                         Width of SAKI-HABA
  -KISSAKI           |               SHINOGI - Blade thickness?
  -HADA              |                          High SHINOGI?
  -Steel Color       |                           Low SHINOGI?
  -HAMON             |                  Plane-width of SHINOGI-JI
  -BOSHI             |               NIKU - "Meat" 
  -KAERI             |                            Convexity of JI
  -YAKIBA Color      |               MUNE - Style?   Height?
  -NIE               |                                Width?
  -NIOI              |               KISSAKI - Style?  Size?
  -HORIMONO          |                               FUKURA?
                                          MONOUCHI - Blade width?
                Note HORIMONO and grooves (HI)         Curvature?
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   2.    HADA  (Grain)         Pattern: KISSAKI
                                        JI-HADA
                Color and texture       SHINOGI-JI
                                      Lamination lines:  HA
                JI-NIE, CHIKEI,                          SHINOGI
                and UTSURI                               MUNE
                _________________________________________________
                                 
   3.    YAKIBA    Color and clarity   BOSHI - Shape?
                                               KAERI?
                                       MONOUCHI - Pattern?
                Three Parts            HAMON - Pattern? 
                of HAMON: BOSHI        YAKIDASHI?
                          HA          Specific intricacy:  NIE
                          YAKIDASHI               ________ NIOI
                                                      ASHI?
                ______________________________        KINSUJI?
                                                      SUNAGASHI?
   4.    NAKAGO                    Style              INAZUMA?
                                   Length             TOBI? 
           Color, texture,  and    NAKAGO-MUNE        YO?
           condition of rusting    JIRI               YUBASHIRI?
                                   Ridge 
           Inscriptions            NIKU
                                   YASURI
           Alterations?            MEKUGI-ANA 
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