SUE BIZEN(末備前) refers to the Japanese swords produced during the late Muromachi period(ca 1504-1592) in Bizen province.
Famous Swordsmiths working under the name of Sukesada
- Jiro Shiro(次郎四郎)
- Fukuoka Hachiro(福岡八郎)
- Jiro Kuro(次郎九郎)
- Nakagawa Shichiroemon(中川七郎右衛門)
- Nakagawa Shichiroemon(中川七郎右衛門尉)
- Takagi Shichibei(高木七兵衛)
- During the late Muromachi period, a large number of swords were produced in Bizen province due to the countless wars. These mass-produced swords are called KAZU-UCHI(数打ち) and known for its inferior quality.
- While the signature of the Kazu-Uchi sword starts with Bishu Osahune(備州長船), that of Sue Bizen swords often start with Bizen Koku-ju Osafune(備前国住長船) and they often have the production time and the swordsmith’s real name inscribed also. The swordsmiths inscribed his real name in the sword which he considered of higher-quality or the sword he made for a high-class Samurai.