SUE BIZEN(末備前) refers to the Japanese swords produced during the late Muromachi period(ca 1504-1592) in Bizen province.
- During the late Muromachi period, a large number of swords were produced in Bizen province due to the countless wars. These mass-produced swords were called KAZU-UCHI(数打ち) and known for its inferior quality.
- While the signature of Kazu-Uchi 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 have the production time and the swordsmith’s real name inscribed also. It said that the swordsmiths inscribed his real name in the sword he considered of higher-quality or the sword he made for a high-class Samurai.