BIZEN
BIZEN OSAFUNE School

Long lines of smiths proudly reinstate their membership and post,
generation to generation.

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|     MITSUTADA     |_____________|     KAGEHIDE                |
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          |                       | ABE SHIGEYOSHI  KAGENORI(1) |
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|     NAGAMITSU     |  | SANENAGA(1) |        |              |
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|     KAGEMITSU     |  |   |________      |   |              |
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          |            | CHOGI  NAGASHIGE |   |              |
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|    SODEN BIZEN    |                         |              |
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    |   |  KOZORI Schools    HIDEMITTSU   YOSHIKAGE(2)  |    |
    |   |  4 brothers        YOSHIMITSU   IYESUKE       |    |
    |   |  SHIGEYOSHI Line   MASAMITSU    OSAFUNE Line  |    |
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|     OEI BIZEN   "Three MITSUs"     |      |       YOSHII      |
|  MOROMITSU - MORIMITSU - YASUMITSU |      |________________ __|
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    |              SUE-BIZEN              |   |_________________|
    |      -KANSHO                        |
    |       -BUN-MEI                      |
    |        -SENGOKU                     |
    |   SUKEMITSU  TADAMITSU  MUNEMITSU   |
    |   NORIMITSU  KIYOMITSU  KATSUMITSU  |
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    |              SUKESADA               |
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BIZEN KO-OSAFUNE Technical: SUGATA - Earlier pieces are Late-HEIAN/Early KAMAKURA narrow-bodied KOSHIZORI, FUNBARI TACHI with KO-KISSAKI. Later finds wide, Mid-KAMAKURA with BIZEN IKUBI KISSAKI. Some with raised SHINOGI and wide SHINOGI-JI. HADA - KO-MOKUME, O-MOKUME with JI-NIE. Excellent HADA. CHIKEI. "Peony" UTSURI and CHOJI-UTSURI. HAMON - O-CHOJI, KO-CHOJI mix, KO-MIDARE, OBUSA and GUNOME according to smith. KAWAZU "Tadpole" with ASHI and YO. NIOI-TOGARI. Some profuse NIE. KINSUJI and INAZUMA. OSAFUNE MONOUCHI: A simple MIDARE or lessening of pattern. BOSHI - KO-MIDARE, KO-NOTARE with KO-MARU. Some TOGARI. NAGAMITSU "SAN-SAKU" BOSHI drops at or near the YOKOTE, then swells gently once or twice through the KISSAKI to become narrow again toward KO-MARU or pointed KO-MARU. NAKAGO - Standard long and dated signatures. BIZEN NAKAGO evolves. KO-OSAFUNE: Nationally honored MITSUTADA establishes the OSAFUNE style, from which NAGAMITSU and KAGEMITSU secure the guild and its fame. Initial considerations examine for NAGAMITSU, then KAGEMITSU. NAGAMITSU and KAGEMITSU have differing similarities. Both have NAGAMITSU "SAN-SAKU" BOSHI - See NAGAMITSU School Both have OSAFUNE MONOUCHI - CHU-width of less pattern Both have CHOJI-UTSURI that may be spotty - NAGAMITSU has GUNOME-CHOJI MIDARE BA with NIOI "Smoke" TOGARI. Pattern has gentle undulations of height. - KAGEMITSU has leaning "Stooped Shoulders" GUNOME-MIDARE with SAKA-ASHI. The pattern is somewhat even in height. __________________ KO-BIZEN CHIKATADA begets KO-OSAFUNE Masters of RYAKU-NIN 1238 |____________ __________ _________ ____|____ ___|____ ___|____ ___|____ MITSUTADA YASUTADA KAGEYASU KAGEHIDE |_________________ YASUYUKI KAGEYORI ____|____ brothers ___|____ SANEFUSA NAGAMITSU SANENAGA __________|__________ _____ ____ __________ ____|____ ____|____ ____|____ | ___|____ ____|____ MITSUKANE KAGEMITSU YOSHIMOTO | KAGEMASA SANEMITSU RAI & OMI |__________ | CHIKAKAGE ______|____ ____|____ | CHIKAMUNE O-KANEMITSU KAGEMITSU | YOSHIKAGE(1) YOSHIKAGE(2) KAGEMITSU | YOSHIKANE | IYESHIGE ________|________ ___|____ ___|____ ___|____ NAGAMUNE NAGAMORI NAGAMOTO
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