The oldest extant sword is the Tachi-mei Bun-ei 2, Kiyotsuna (1265) of Itsukushima, the Shrine of the Three Daughters.
A Fujiwara Kiyohisa dated, Sho-O Gan-nen Ku-gatsu Tsuitachi (1288) is known. - Their school continues through the Nambokucho to the Muromachi and up until Shinto.
SUWO - NIO School * The Deities Of The Gate * KO-NIO: Under the blanket of YAMATO style.
KIYOZANE(1) YAMATO smith arriving through CHIKUZEN is founder and father in SUWO. YAMATO style raised SHINOGI becomes tradition. His dates, and many of his school, are obscured because KIYOTSUNA's BUN-EI period TACHI resides on ITSUKU-SHIMA island. Attributions arising from legend give it to KIYOTSUNA(1) - who actually worked sixty years before. Therefore, swords seen will be late HEIAN to early KAMAKURA style. It was before the ICHIMONJI - these men wept for little ANTOKU. KIYOTSUNA KEN-KYU (f: KIYOZANE): NIOSABURO. A sword of his making cut the binding chain to save the Deities of the NIO-MON from the temple fire at KISAKI village, - earning himself, and his school, their name. MOKUME. GUNOME-CHOJI BA. KIYOTSUNA BUN-EI: NIOSABURO. YOSHIKI NIOSHO JU. His posited sword arms the island of the "Shrines of the Three Daughters," ITSUKU-SHIMA. Legend says he was KIYOTSUNA(1), which dis-joins the dates for his school. BUN-EI KIYOTSUNA is said to have come from CHIKUZEN. TACHI are thick KOSHIZORI of raised SHINOGI and wide SHINOGI-JI. KO-ITAME with KO-MASAME has spotting UTSURI swathed in places. KO-NIE SUGUHA has KO-ASHI. HOTSURE watches SUNAGASHI run through GUNOME KO-MIDARE HA. KIYOTSUNA EI-NIN: Deeply curved TACHI with raised and wide SHINOGI. KO-ITAME that runs. SUGU ASAKI-NOTARE and GUNOME KO-MIDARE HA in KO-NIE. KIYOTSUNA GEN-TOKU: He used alternate TSUNA form: NAWA. Deeply curved, CHU-KISSAKI TACHI. Running KO-ITAME of MASAME. KO-NIE SUGU ASAKI-NOTARE KO-GUNOME HA with ASHI. BOSHI is SUGU KO-MARU. KIYOTSUNA KEM-MU: KUGA JU. Worked to TEI-WA 1345. SUGUHA GUNOME- CHOJI BA. YOSHIKIYO KO-AN: MOKUME. GUNOME-MIDARE and CHOJI-MIDARE with ASHI. KIYONAGA(2) KEN-JI (f: KIYOKAGE): SUGUHA and KO-GUNOME HA. MASAKIYO SHO-WA (f: KIYOKAGE): Dates are SHO-WA to SHO-CHU 1324. MOKUME. HOSO-SUGU GUNOME HA and CHOJI patterns in NIE. KIYOSADA TEI-JI (f: KIYOMITSU 2): ITAME. SUGU KO-MIDARE HA and GUNOME-MIDARE. MASAKIYO O-EI (f: KIYOSHIGE): ITAME. CHU or HIRO-SUGU KO-MIDARE or GUNOME-MIDARE HA.
Kiyotsuna - Juyo Bunkazai
Ninpo-Sho Kaji working at Itsukushima Jinja.
Shinogi-tsukuri, Maru-mune. Yamato style Shinogi-taka with narrow Shinogi-haba.
Itame Hada runs.
Hoso-Sugu holds Nie Ko-Midare Ba with Hotsure strays.
KoNotare-Komi Boshi finds a small Ko-maru.
Ubu Nakago has two Mekugi-ana.
Signed in the upper Ji.
Koshirae Mei: Bunei Ninen Ki Kiyotsuna no Son (Made for Kiyotsuna, 1265)