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SWORD #244-07- Minamoto Moritaka

 

BRIEF HISTORY OF KONG BYOUEI SCHOOL

1200 TO 1596 AD

It is said that The Kongo Byouei School was formed or founded by a Bizen Smith whose name was Takatsuna who apparently moved to the mountains of Chikuzen Province and settled there to teach the warrior monks the art of sword making.

Takatsuna's peak work period is said to be around 1200 - 1204. He is followed by the early Kamakura Smiths of the Ko-Kongo Byouei such as Ryosai - 1234, Jitsua -1240, Sairen - 1278, Nyusai -1293, then their was Moritaka - 1260, Morikuni - 1270 followed by many others.

The swords of the Chikuzen Kongo Byouei School are robust and give off an aura of power, long, thick with Funbari, Koshisori and a Ko-Kissaki. Jitetsu and Hada are in Mokume with O-Hada mixed in showing a very pretty pattern. Others are a mixture of Itame and Mokume.

In the battles of Hakata Bay by 1274 and 1281, the invading Monks of Chikuzen and the magnificent fighting swords of the Kongo Byouei Smiths repelled the Mongols withstanding breakage, bending and cracking a proud heritage.