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RIN TOMOMITSU

 

Rin Tomomitsu was a smith from Bizen Province who worked in the Nambokucho Era. He was the son and student of the famous Bizen Kanemitsu. Tomomitsu Worked in the Enbun Era, or around 1356-1361. He is also known as Osafune Tomomitsu. Tomomitsu can trace his lineage through Kanemitsu to Masamune so his works exhibit what are called Soden Bizen characteristics. This means that the Soshu tradition can be seen in his works also. Examples of this influence are the itame hada containing fine chikei and a straight utsuri. Tomomitsu made many famous blades including an O-Tachi that is a National Treasure. He also made one tachi and one tanto that are Juyo Bunkazai and two katana that are Juyo Bijitsuhin.

 

SUGATA:

Typical of the Nambokucho Era (1333-1391) which represents the culmination of the tendency towards greater and greater length. Some of his swords were over 4 shaku so many are o-suriage today. Generally they have a wide mihaba, shallow sori, little hira-niku, high shinogi, and narrow shinogi-ji. Also a large kissaki is typical.

 

JITETSU:

His Jitetsu will be the same as his teacher, Kanemitsu. The hada is a fine itame mixed with mokume. There will be chikei formed by dense ji-nie and bo-utsuri near the Ha.

 

HAMON:

His hamon is in Nioi and the Yakiba tends to be wide. The nioi-guchi is lined with ko-nie and is fairly tight. Everything about it is the same as Kanemitsu except the pattern becomes slightly larger and the nioi line is a little thinner. His patterns tend to be kataochi gunome and o-midare whose pattern is inclined to become oblique.

 

BOSHI:

They also tend to be like Kanemitsu, midare-komi with a slight kaeri. There will be Jizo -boshi in cases.

 

NAKAGO:

The nakago is made short with the tip made broad. The file marks are Kiri or Katte Sagari. As stated most of his long swords have been shortened so the original nakago jiri has been lost.

 

MEI:

His signature was, BISHU OSAFUNE TOMOMITSU. Many of his works are dated also.


HORIMONO:

Hi and horimono are quite common. This smith favored a unique ken-maki-ryu (dragon around a sword) which is called Karakusa-bori because it looks like and arabesque pattern. The tip of his Hi (grooves) will be lowered considerably, that is at about the level of the Yokote line or below.

 

 





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