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APPRAISAL STEPS - RECAP
ERA - KOTO
SUGATA: -SORI (arc of curvature) = DATE
-FUNBARI (taper in width)
The date offers the schools and smiths contemporary
to the sword being appraised
(see KOTO - Placing Date Page ##).
SUGATA: -SORI = PROVINCE
-KASANE (blade thickness)
-HADA and HAMON
The date and province together reduces possibility to
a group of men who either knew each other personally,
or of each other's work.
(see KOTO - Placing Province Page ##).
SCHOOL and SMITH
SUGATA and NAKAGO, blade construction and steel, along
with HADA and HAMON (folding pattern and temperline),
and other considerations expose the hand of actual
school and smith.
With experience, these appraisal steps lead directly to school
and smith. See Appraisal Series & SUGATA - KOTO