SUO The school of this province is referred to as the Nio School and has been active since the Kamakura period but no early works are thought to exist. It is thought that the Nio School was influenced in the early stages of its development by smiths from Yamato province. Geographically Suo province is just to the west of Bizen so one might think that the primary influence would be just that but as mentioned in very early times it looks like the Yamato smiths arrived first. In the Nio school shere were 3 smiths active in the Eiroku era (永禄 1558-1570). They were; Kiyozane, Kiyokatsu and Kiyoshige
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