SUE BIZEN(末備前)

sue-bizen japanese sword

SUE BIZEN(末備前) refers to the Japanese swords produced during the late Muromachi period(ca 1504-1592) in Bizen province.

Region


Active


  • 1504-1592

Famous Swordsmiths


  • Arimitsu(有光)
  • Harumitsu(春光)
  • Katsumitsu(勝光)
  • KIYOMITSU(清光)
  • Munemitsu(宗光)
  • Nagamitsu(永光)
  • Sukesada(祐定)
  • Tadamitsu(忠光)

Famous Swordsmiths working under the name of Sukesada


Eisho era(1504-1521)

  • Genbei(源兵衛)
  • Hikosaemon(彦左衛門)
  • Jiro Shiro(次郎四郎)
  • Yozaemon(与左衛門)

Enbun era(1532-1555)

  • Fukuoka Hachiro(福岡八郎)
  • Jiro Kuro(次郎九郎)
  • Jubei(重兵衛)
  • Kamizaburo(神三郎)
  • Nakagawa Shichiroemon(中川七郎右衛門)

Eiroku era(1558-1570)

  • Gengobei(源五兵衛)
  • Matabei(又兵衛)

Tensho era(1573-1593)

  • Nakagawa Shichiroemon(中川七郎右衛門尉)
  • Shinjuro(新十郎)
  • Takagi Shichibei(高木七兵衛)
  • Toshiro(藤四郎)

Characteristics 


Shape : KATATEUCHI(片手打ち)SAKI-SORI(先反り).
Hada : Fine-grained MOKUME-HADA(杢目肌) with UTSURI(映り) apparent.
Hamon : NIOI-DEKI(匂出来), undulating NOTARE(のたれ).
Boshi : MIDARE-KOMI(乱れ込み)

Notes


  • 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.
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