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The Eight DO
SAIKAIDO - The Eight Roads of KOTO





BUNGO SUE-TAKADA: 
                      Shallow SORI with raised SHINOGI. Strongly
          made MOKUME or KO-MOKUME marked by O-HADA. SUGU-GUNOME
        O-MIDARE that is YAKI-KUZURE or HIRO-SUGU KUZURE BA with
        YO. Possibly grouped O-CHOJI MIDARE. BOSHI: KO-MARU.

                             Significant Names: NAGAMORI
_______________                                 SHIZUMORI
TOMOYUKI School                                 SHIZUNORI
__|______                                       SHIZUSADA
SHIGEYUKI O-AN 1368                             SHIZUTOYO
__|_____                                             ________
NAGAMORI(1) Transitor SHI-TOKU 1384 to O-EI 1394     YUKINOBU  
  |______________________________________________      O-EI 1394
__|_____                                      ___|____        
SADAMORI EI-KYO 1429                          NAGAMORI(2)  
  |      _____________________ __________________| CHO-ROKU 1457
  |  ___|____              ___|____           ___|____        
  |  NAGAYUKI MEI-O 1492   SADAMORI(1)        NAGAMORI(3) 
  |     |______________    EI-SHO 1504           | EI-SHO 1504
  |  ___|____       ___|____                  ___|____       
  |  NAGAYUKI       HARUMORI(1) EI-SHO 1504   SADAMORI(2)    
  |  TEN-MON 1532   ___|____                      TEN-MON 1532
  |                 HARUMORI(2) TEN-MON 1532
__|_____ 
NAGAMORI HO-TOKU 1449
  |____________ _________ ______________________ 
__|______   ___|____  ___|____              ____|____
MORISHIGE   HARUMORI  HISAMORI BUN-AN 1444  SHIZUMORI O-NIN 1467
  | -KA-KICHI 1441-   ___|____              ____|____  
  |                   HISAMORI MEI-O 1492   SHIZUMORI EI-SHO 1504
  | _________                   ________________|____  
  | SHIZUYUKI(1) TEN-MON 1532   HIRAOKAKIBE SHIZUYUKI(2) 
  |_______________________                    TEN-SHO 1573
__|______               __|_____                  
MORISHIGE BUN-MEI 1469  KAGEMORI(1) KAN-SHO 1460
__|______                 | 
MORISHIGE EI-SHO 1504     |  
  |__________             |_________________________
__|______ ___|____      __|______                 __|_____
MORISHIGE KAGEMORI(3)   SHIZUTAKA(1) MEI-O 1492   KAGEMORI(2)
 - TEN-MON 1532 -         |      to TEN-MON 1532      MEI-O 1492
   _______________________|__________________________
__|______  -brothers-   __|______                  __|______    
SHIZUKAGE TEN-MON 1532  KATSUMORI EI-ROKU 1558     SHIZUTAKA(2) 
__|_____                __|_____       ________     BUN-ROKU 1592
SHIZUNAO                MASAMORI       KAGEMORI(4) 
 TEN-SHO 1573            TEN-SHO 1573   GEN-KI 1570

YUKINOBU O-EI: SUGU KO-GUNOME HA.

NAGAMORI(1) SHI-TOKU (f: SHIGEYUKI): His work is seen in O-EI as
        well. A keeper of traditions. In running ITAME. SUGUHA
        and NOTARE-GUNOME HA.

NAGAMORI(2) CHO-ROKU: SUGUHA. HORIMONO. Look for thin-lined MEI.
        BUNGO SUE-TAKADA School

NAGAMORI(3) EI-SHO: HIRA-TAKADA. Noted as the highest skilled of
        the HIRA-TAKADA smiths. Thought to have first signed
        YOSHIMORI and MOTOSUKE. There is a conflicting study of
        date and signature that casts doubts. JI-NIE covers 
        standing "Turbid-white" SHIRA-KERU ITAME that runs. 
        Strong BO-UTSURI. KO-NIE SUGU, NOTARE or GUNOME-CHOJI
        with KO-ASHI. KURIKARA "Dragon in a Frame" HORIMONO.

SADAMORI(2) TEN-MON (f: NAGAMORI): HIRA-TAKADA. HIKOSUKE. Shallow
        with elongated KISSAKI. ITAME with MASAME. KO-NIE SUGU
        GUNOME HA with ASHI. (1st SHIZUMORI O-NIN 1467)    

NAGAYUKI MEI-O: MOKUME with MASAME. GUNOME in NOTARE line.

HARUMORI(1) EI-SHO (f: NAGAYUKI): NAGAMORI School. Running ITAME.
        KO-NIE SUGUHA and NOTARE BA. 2nd: TEN-MON 1532.

HARUMORI(1) BUN-GI: HIRA-TAKADA. SUGUHA and GUNOME with KO-ASHI 
        in NOTARE like line. 2nd in EI-ROKU 1558.

NAGAMORI HO-TOKU: Running MOKUME. ASAKI-NOTARE GUNOME KO-MIDARE.

HISAMORI BUN-AN (t: NAGAMORI): SUGUHA and GUNOME-MIDARE.

MORISHIGE KA-KICHI (t: NAGAMORI): SUGUHA and GUNOME patterns.

KAGEMORI KAN-SHO (f: MORISHIGE): From EI-KYO. SUGU and GUNOME HA.

KAGEMORI TEN-MON (f: MORISHIGE): BUNJIRO and TAROZAEMON. 
        GUNOME-CHOJI BA.

SHIZUTAKA(1) MEI-O (f: KAGEMORI): HIRA-TAKADA. Tightly defined
        NIOI calls SUGU KO-MIDARE or KO-GUNOME MIDARE having 
        strong KOSHIBA. HIRO-SUGU GUNOME HA with YO. BOSHI is
        MIDARE with TSUKI-AGE KAERI.

KATSUMORI EI-ROKU (br: SHIZUKAGE): HIRA-TAKADA. SUGU KO-GUNOME or
        varied GUNOME patterns.

MASAMORI TEN-SHO (f: KATSUMORI): Made SUGUHA and GUNOME HA.

SHIZUMORI MEI-O: Under HO-TOKU NAGAMORI. Starts in O-NIN 1467. A
        confusion of dates arise as SHIZUMORI is the noted source
        of the SHIZU name passed among the SUE-TAKADA. It is said
        it was conferred by OTOMO YOSHISHIZU (who became SORIN, 
        the OTOMO marshaller of KYUSHU). However, his birth in 
        1530 prevents his being a provider of name before that 
        time. SUGU KO-MIDARE in tightly defined NIOI. Second man
        marks EI-SHO 1504 to TEN-MON 1532.

MORIKAGE EI-SHO: SUGUHA and GUNOME-MIDARE HA.

SHIZUYUKI(1) TEN-MON: GUNOME-MIDARE in NOTARE BA.

                                     Nagamori Saku


BUNGO SUE-TAKADA School
_______
MORIIYE O-EI 1394
____|__
MORIIYE KA-KICHI 1441
____|__
MORIIYE BUN-GI 1501
____|__
MORIIYE EI-SHO 1504

MORIIYE O-EI: TAKADA. MOKUME HADA. SUGUHA, NOTARE BA and 
        GUNOME-CHOJI BA.

MORIIYE BUN-GI: SUGUHA and GUNOME-MIDARE.

_______                             _______
IYEMORI(1) MEI-O 1492               IYEMORI TEN-MON 1532
___|___                              HIRA-TAKADA. SUGU KUZURE BA
IYEMORI(2) TAI-EI 1521               with ASHI and GUNOME-MIDARE.
___|___                              Two-character MEI is usual.
IYEMORI(3) KO-JI 1555

IYEMORI(1) MEI-O: ITAME. SUGU KO-MIDARE and GUNOME-MIDARE HA.

________
KAGENAGA EI-KYO 1429
___|____
KAGENAGA KYO-ROKU 1528
___|____
KAGENAGA EI-ROKU 1558

KAGENAGA EI-KYO: Running ITAME with MASAME. SUGUHA and 
        GUNOME-MIDARE HA.
_________                _________      ________
MORISHIZU SHO-CHO 1428   SHIZUNAGA(1)   NAGAMORI(1) KO-SHO 1455
____|____                ____|____      ___|____    
MORISHIZU BUN-AN 1444    SHIZUNAGA(2)   NAGAMORI(2) BUN-GI 1501
____|____                 EI-ROKU 1558  ___|____
MORISHIZU BUN-MEI 1469                  NAGAMORI(3) TEN-MON 1532
    |______________________             ___|_____
____|____              ____|____        SHIZUNAGA(3) TEN-SHO 1573
SHIZUMORI EI-SHO 1504  SHIZUTOKI

MORISHIZU SHO-CHO: HIRA-TAKADA. SUGU, KO-MIDARE and SUGU-NOTARE.

NAGAMORI(1) KO-SHO: MOKUME with MASAME. SUGU KO-MIDARE, GUNOME
        patterns within NOTARE shaped line.
_______             
NAOMORI(1) O-NIN 1467   
___|___    
NAOMORI(2) TEN-MON 1532      
                    
NAOMORI(1) O-NIN: Work starts in KYO-TOKU 1452. SHIRA-KE running
           ITAME with MASAME HADA. KO-NIE SUGUHA and KO-MIDARE
           where HOTSURE flags running SUNAGASHI. 

BUNGO SUE-TAKADA School
_______                                      
MORIIYE(1) O-NIN 1467                        
   |____________ _________ _________         
___|___      ___|____  ___|____  ___|____    
MORIIYE(2)   MORISADA  SADAMORI  SADAMORI    
BUN-GI 1501   - EI-SHO 1504 -    BUN-MEI 1469

MORISADA(1) EI-SHO (f: MORIIYE): HIRA-TAKADA. Work from BUN-MEI.

MORISADA(2) TEN-MON: HIRA-TAKADA. KO-NIE DEKI ASAKI-NOTARE holds
        GUNOME-MIDARE.

SADAMORI EI-SHO: Work to TAI-EI 1521. MOKUME with MASAME. SUGUHA
        with ASHI and GUNOME-MIDARE HA.

SADAMORI BUN-MEI: MOKUME with MASAME. SUGUHA and GUNOME.

YUKIMITSU O-NIN: MOKUME with MASAME. SUGUHA and GUNOME HA.

_________
MORITSUNE(1) KYO-ROKU 1528
____|____
MORITSUNE(2) EI-ROKU 1558

MORITSUNE(2) EI-ROKU: HIRA-TAKADA. SHIRA-KE ITAME with MASAME. 
           KO-NIE on defined NIOI GUNOME that resides in NOTARE.

________
FUSAMORI(1) MEI-O 1492     
___|____                   FUSAMORI: HIRA-TAKADA stylists
FUSAMORI(2) TEN-MON 1532  
   |________________________  
___|_____  - brothers -  ___|____
SHIZUNOBU EI-ROKU 1558   TOYOMASA TEN-SHO 1573
________                  Descendants work in SHINTO
TOYOMORI EI-ROKU 1558

_________
MORISHIGE(1) BUN-MEI 1469
____|____
MORISHIGE(2) MEI-O 1492

MORISHIGE: From CHIKUZEN. 1st: BUNGO-no-KUNI JU MINAMOTO 
                          2nd: HOSHU TAKADA JU MINAMOTO
________
MORIMASA BUN-GI 1501: KONGOBYOE smith from CHIKUZEN. ITAME HADA.
        SUGUHA with HOTSURE. SOTOBA NAKAGO. See CHIKUZEN.

_________
YOSHIYUKI EI-SHO 1504: SUGUHA and GUNOME-MIDARE HA.
_________
YOSHIMORI(1) TEN-MON 1532    YOSHIMORI: HIRA-TAKADA stylists.
____|____
YOSHIMORI(2) GEN-KI 1570




Taira Takada Shizunori
Nagasa: 69.4cm
Moto-haba: 3cm
Saki-haba: 1.9 cm
Kasane: 0.6 cm

Shinogi-zukuri, Torizori Katana
  Knit Ko-Itame Hada has fine JiNie and Jifu Utsuri.
Ko-Nie Deki Chu-Suguha with Ashi, Yo, and Saka-Ashi.
Boshi is Ko-Maru (Omote) and Togari (Ura)
Ubu, Haagari Nakago has one Mekugi-ana. Mumei.




BUNGO SUE-TAKADA School
_________
SHIZUNARI TEN-MON 1532

SHIZUNARI TEN-MON: HIRA-TAKADA. HIRO-SUGUHA and GUNOME-MIDARE HA.

_________                   _________                
SHIZUNORI(1) TEN-MON 1532   SHIZUSADA(1) KO-JI 1555  
____|____                   ____|____                
SHIZUNORI(2) EI-ROKU 1558   SHIZUSADA(2) TEN-MON 1532

SHIZUNORI(1) TEN-MON: Strongly made KO-MOKUME with O-HADA. MASAME
        in the SHINOGI-JI. HAMON: MIDARE KO-TOGARI KO-MIDARE, 
        KAKU and CHOJI BA with YO in NIE and NIOI-FUKASHI. 
        KINSUJI and SUNAGASHI. Deep KAERI.   

SHIZUNORI(2) EI-ROKU: Work through TEN-SHO 1573. KO-MIDARE GUNOME
        CHOJI BA, SUGUHA with ASHI. GUNOME with valleys.

SHIZUSADA TEN-MON: HIRA-TAKADA. SUGUHA, NOTARE line of GUNOME HA.

SHIZUSADA(1) KO-JI: HIRA-TAKADA. SUGUHA and GUNOME-MIDARE HA.

SHIZUTOYO TEN-SHO:  HIRA-TAKADA. HIRO-SUGUHA and GUNOME-MIDARE in
        defined NIOI.

SHIGEAKI TEN-MON: HIRA-TAKADA. Moved in later life (EI-ROKU 1558)
        to HYUGA.

AKIMORI TEN-MON: Said to be a later signature of NAGAMORI. SUGUHA
        and GUNOME HA.

AKITADA TEN-MON: KO-ITAME. SUGUHA and GUNOME HA, GUNOME O-MIDARE
        or HITATSURA BA.
_______
AKIYUKI(1) KO-JI 1555
___|___
AKIYUKI(2) EI-ROKU 1558
___|___
AKIYUKI(3) TEN-SHO 1573

AKIYUKI(1) KO-JI: TAKADA HA. CHU-SUGUHA with ASHI, GUNOME HA.
_______
AKITOYO EI-ROKU 1558: KO-ITAME. SUGUHA with ASHI, KO-MIDARE BA,
        GUNOME-MIDARE or HITATSURA.
________
AKISHIGE EI-ROKU 1558: ITAME HADA. SUGU KO-MIDARE, GUNOME-MIDARE.
_______
AKINARI EI-ROKU 1558: ITAME. SUGU KO-MIDARE and GUNOME-MIDARE HA.

________
NAGAYUKI(1) EI-ROKU 1558: TAKADA. KO-ITAME with thin JI-NIE veil.
        SUGUHA and tightly defined NIOI GUNOME-MIDARE with YO.
        Line is uneven. BOSHI: Long falling KAERI. Descendants 
        work in SHINTO.
Takada Shizunori


































Takada Shizunori
Nagasa: 66.8cm
Moto-haba: 3.2cm
Nakago: 17.8cm



Shobu-tsukuri, Ihori-mune and raised Shinogi-taka Daito with Koshi-Hi.
Ko-Mokume with O-Hada tends to Masa in the Shinogi-Ji.
Ko-Gunome Togari Midare Ba with Tobi and strong Ara Ji-Nie. Nioi and Nie Fukashi, with Kinsuji and Sunagashi becoming full in the Monouchi area and crossing the Shinogi.
Boshi is Saagari Hakikake with a long-fall Kaeri.
Ubu Nakago has one Urizane Mekugi-ana and is Mumei. papered attribution to:

Bungo-no-Kuni Takada Ju Taira Shizunori, Ei-Roku.







BUNGO SUE-TAKADA School
_________                    _________                
SHIZUKIYO EI-SHO 1504        MORITSUGU(1)MEI-O 1492  
____|____                    ____|____                
SHIZUKIYO TEN-SHO 1573       MORITSUGU(2) TEN-MON 1532

_________                        ________                
MORITSUGU TAI-EI 1521            MORITAKA(1) EI-SHO 1504 
____|____                        ___|____                
SHIZUSUKE TEN-MON 1532           MORITAKA(2) TEN-SHO 1573
________                               _________                
SADAYUKI(1) TEN-MON 1532               SHIZUTANE(1) TEN-MON 1532
___|____                               ____|____       
SADAYUKI(2) TEN-SHO 1573               SHIZUTANE(2) EI-ROKU 1558

SADAYUKI(1) TEN-MON: HIRA-TAKADA. Running SHIRA-KE ITAME that 
        stands. KO-NIE and NIOI DEKI SUGU KO-GUNOME HA.

_________
SHIZUHISA EI-ROKU 1558

SHIZUHISA EI-ROKU: Also IYO. HIRA-TAKADA. First signed MORINAWA.
        Posthumous name is RENSUKE. Longish 9 SUN HIRA-TSUKURI
        TANTO. SHIRA-KE ITAME with MASAME HADA. KO-NIE GUNOME-
        MIDARE. "KURIKARA in a Frame" Dragon HORIMONO.
________
TAKATOYO TEN-SHO 1573: HIRA-TAKADA. KO-ITAME shows MASAME in the
        SHINOGI. KO-NIE NOTARE-MIDARE and GUNOME-CHOJI BA.

_________                      _________        
SHIZUHIDE(1) TEN-MON 1532      SHIZUTADA(1) TEN-MON 1532
____|____                      ____|____   
SHIZUHIDE(2) EI-ROKU 1558      SHIZUTADA(2) TEN-SHO 1573
____|____               
SHIZUHIDE(3) TEN-SHO 1573  

SHIZUTADA: HIRA-TAKADA. GUNOME, NOTARE and KO-CHOJI patterns.

SHIZUHIDE EI-ROKU: FUJIWARA TAKADA. ASAKI-NOTARE line of GUNOME-
        MIDARE within.

NORISHIGE EI-ROKU: FUJIWARA TAKADA. MOKUME with MASAME. SUGUHA
        and GUNOME.
________
MUNEYUKI(1) TEN-SHO 1573: FUJIWARA TAKADA. His MUNE said a gift
        of the OTOMO. An honor, as it is YOSHIMUNE's, the DAIMYO
        of TEN-SHO BUNGO. Made many SUGUHA. 
Descendants work in SHINTO.  ________ MUNEKAGE BUN-ROKU 1592: Another who enjoyed the gift of his          master's name, the MUNE of OTOMO YOSHIMUNE. ITAME HADA         with MASAME shows JI-NIE. Tightly defined NIOI HIRO-         SUGUHA is KO-MIDARE with ASHI and YO. GUNOME-MIDARE HA.         MUNEKAGE is considered the outstanding artist among his         late HIRA-TAKADA peers. Descendants in SHINTO.
Bungo Sadayuki
   Fujiwara Takada



















Bungo Sadayuki
Nagasa: 65.3cm
Sori: 1.2cm

The Fujiwara Takada are the new Momoyama group in Bungo. Powerful swords and beautiful Hamon tell us of the artistic resurgence following the long strife before Oda, Hideyoshi Unification.

Powerful Momoyama Sugata. It began about 28" and is now at 25 5/8", or 65.8cm. Shallow curve, wide and broad.
Solidly knit KO-MASAME HADA nearly disappears.
Active SAKA KO-GUNOME and ASHI poke and carve at a smooth running, CHU-SUGU-width where HATARAKI allows small NIJU and UCHINOKE.
Kamazu "Barracuda" Boshi.
Small SHIMABA dots in places.
Suriage Nakago is signed in the Ji.

      Sadayuki





Fujiwara Sadayuki
Fujiwara Sadayuki
Nagasa: 38.5cm

This Sadayuki is Kanei period, and although Shinto, a good example of the Fujiwara Takada.
Nagamaki-tsukuri, Ubu with one Mekugi-ana and signed:
 Fujiwara Sadayuki









Elliott Long - Shibuiswords

Bungo Takada 
 Fujiwara Muneyuki












Fujiwara Muneyuki
Nagasa: 61.8cm
Nakago: 16cm

A thick, strong Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune Katana.
Intricate and defined Itame, Mokume mix with JiNie and Shirake. 

Sweeping Nie Sunagashi is Hakikake through Soshu-style Nie O-Midare mounds and drifts. The Hamon is wildly punctuated with dramatic Tobi-Yaki of extraordinary dynamics. 
Nie Hakikake swept Boshi that is KoMaru-Sagaru. 

Ubu, Haagari with two Mekugi-ana.
     Hoshu Takada Ju Fujiwara Muneyuki












BUNGO SUE-TAKADA School
________             
TOMOMORI TEN-SHO 1573      TOMOMORI TEN-SHO: HIRA-TAKADA.
___|____                              SUGUHA and GUNOME HA.
SHIZUOKA TEN-SHO 1573

O-EI 1394         KA-KICHI 1441  ________ _________ _EN-TOKU 1489
___|___           ___|____  ____|____ ___|________|____ ___|____
MORIHIDE          NAGAHIRO  MORISHIGE MORIYUKI MORIMITSU SHIZUIYE
                            

BUN-MEI 1469__ _________        MEI-O 1492_____ __________
____|____  ___|____  ___|____   __|______  ____|____  ____|____
SHIZUNORI  MORIHISA  MORISADA   MORISHIGE  SHIZUTAKA  SHIZUKATA

________  _______  _________
SHIZUTEI  MORIIYE  MORIMITSU BUN-GI 1501


EI-SHO 1504_ ________ _________ ________ ________ _________
___|____ ___|____ ___|____ ____|____ ___|____ ___|____ ____|_____
MORIYASU MORITAKA MORIMUNE MORISHIGE MORIKUNI MORITADA SHIZUSHIGE

________                  ________ _________ ________
MORIFUSA KYO-ROKU 1528    MORIHISA SHIZUYASU MORITANE TAI-EI 1521


TEN-MON 1532_ _________ _____ ____ _____ _____ _____ ____
___|____  ___|____  ___|____ | ___|____ | ____|____ | ___|____
SHIGEAKI  MORIZANE  MORIHARU | MORINAGA | MORITSUGU | MORISADA 
                         ____|____   ___|____    ___|____
                         MORIMICHI   MORITOMO    MORIMOTO 

KO-JI 1555____ _________ ________ ________ ________
____|____ ____|____ ____|____ ___|____ ___|____ ___|____
SHIZUNARI MORIYOSHI MORITSUNA MORINORI MORINOBU SUYEMORI 


EI-ROKU 1558
    |_________ ___________ _____ _____ ___________ _________
____|____ ____|____  _____|____ | ____|_____  ____|____  ___|____
SHIZUMOTO SHIZUHIRO  SHIZUTSUGU | SHIZUMITSU  SHIZUHISA  MORIHIRO 
                             ___|____
                             MORIMASA                 GEN-KI 1570
                                                   _________|
TEN-SHO 1573                                 _____|____  ___|____
    |______ ____ _____ ____ _____            SHIZUTSUGU  MORINOBU  
____|_____ | ___|____ | ___|____ |____ _____ ____ ______ _____
SHIZUTSUGU | MORIFUSA | MORINAGA | ___|____ | ___|____  |  ___|__
        ___|____  ____|____      | MORIKATA | MORIKAGE  |  MORITO
        MORINAGA  SHIZUNAGA  ____|____  ____|____       |
                             SHIZUTARU  MORISHIZU       |
                                             ___________|
                                        ____|____   ____|____
                                        MORISHIGE   SHIZUNAGA 


FUJIWARA YUKINAGA
67.5cm NAGASA
3.5cm MOTO-HABA
2.5cm SAKI-HABA

The flourishing of arts attributed to SHINTO, actually began in the MOMOYAMA, Hideyoshi's post-SENGOKU unification.
The Fujiwara Takada sword making group arose in the Momoyama and continued into the first part of the Shinto period.
White grain marks tightly knit KO-MOKUME HADA, which stands. MASAME is running in the SHINOGI-JI. GOMABASHI and SU-KEN
A smooth CHU-SUGU of
KO-NIE with HATARAKI of SUNAGASHI, KINSUJI and the beginnings of KO-ASHI.
UBU with two MEKUGI-ANA.
      Fujiwara Yukinaga



    
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