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MINO O-KANEMICHI

by Fred Weissberg

Kanemichi is the recognized founder of the Mishina School. This school had its roots in Sue-Seki School of the late Koto period. Mishina Kanemichi was working as early as the Tenmon Era (1532). There is a daito with the date of Tenmon 16 (1547) which is Juyo Token. There is also another Juyo daito with the date of Eiroku 5 (1562). These are his earliest dated works.

It is known that Kanemichi and his four sons, Iga no Kami Kinmichi, Rai Kinmichi, Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi, and Etchu no Kami Masatoshi, moved to Kyoto. Around this time Kanemichi received the title of "Mutsu no Kami" and started using the character "Dai" before his name thus making his signature read O-Kanemichi. Many examples of his exist with the O-Kanemichi signature.

Because he was authorized to use the "Dai" kanji, he dropped the character "Kane"from his signature thus making his name read Omichi or Daido. There is an example dated Tensho 18 (1590) that is signed Mino Seki Ju Daido. Because of this, it is thought that after that date he moved to Kyoto.

Thus we see that his signature transformed along the following lines:

KANEMICHI SAKU

NOSHU SEKI JU KANEMICHI SAKU

OKANEMICHI

MUTSU NO KAMI KANEMICHI

DAIDO

MUTSU NO KAMI DAIDO

MINO SEKI JU DAIDO SAKU

SUGATA:There are katana, shinogi-zukuri wakizashi, hira-zukuri and sunnobi tanto.

JITETSU: The jigane will be somewhat hard, and the jihada is a coarse ko-mokume hada. Masame in the shinogi-ji recalls the family's origins in Mino province.

HAMON: Often a gunome-choji mixture with some togari appearing. The hamon tends to be stiff, not a smooth notare, and is mixed with gunome in the bottom and upper areas of the blade..

BOSHI:One of the interesting characteristics of Kanemichi and his sons (the Mishina School) is what we call the "Mishina boshi" This boshi is formed as if you grabbed the boshi with your thumb and forefinger and squeezed it inward. Thus you would make the bottom of the boshi, the side close to the fukura sag or sink inward.

 

 

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