The SHIMIZU School


Edo period.

Basic Shape:

Aori gata and mokko are most frequently seen.


First generation: The top and bottom portions of the seppa dai tend to dip lower than the rest of this area. Second generation: This feature will be found in some of the works.


Mostly irregular shapes, square and rectangular shapes predominate.


The plate of the first is thicker than that of the later generations of this school, generally more than 6 millimeters.


A variety of edge types will be found, square, round, tube shape (kamimi), uchikaeshi, and sukinokoshi. With a thick plate the edge will be marumimi koniku. The uchikaeshi and sukinokoshi style edge are used on plate of average thickness.

Plate Metal:

Medium hard temper. Often yakite kusarashi and rough hammer work will be used singularly or in combination on the plate.


The first was a master of suemon inlay. He nearly always used brass for this style of inlay. The suemon inlay of either gold or silver has a very delicate feeling though it is strongly affixed. It may give the appearance of being worn or rubbed but this is the style of inlay and not deterioration. The chiselling is strong and powerful, showing an excellent command of the chisel.



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