OUEI BIZEN(応永備前) refers to the Japanese swords produced in Bizen province during the Muromachi period; Ouei era(ca 1394-1428).
Shape : Long TACHI(太刀) or KATANA(刀).
Hada : Largely-grained MOKUME-HADA(杢目肌) with straight UTSURI(映り) apparent.
Hamon : NIOI-DEKI(匂出来), CHOJI(丁子) with ASHI(足).
Boshi : MIDARE-KOMI(乱れ込み), short KAERI(返り).
Other : The production year is often inscribed into the tang.
- In the Muromachi period, the OSAFUNE SCHOOL(長船派) prevailed in the Bizen province and almost all schools in the region were practically absorbed by the school so that there were no distinctive differences in style among the schools of that period. For that reason, the Bizen swords made in the Muromachi period are often classified by the era instead of the school.
- 3 notable smiths Morimitsu(盛光), Moromitsu(師光), and Yasumitsu(康光) are known as “3 Mitsu”, and their swords are very popular with collectors.