enju school japanese sword

ENJU SCHOOL(延寿派) was a Japanese sword school founded by Kunimura (国村) in Higo province.



  •  Late Kamakura period to Sengoku period.

Famous Swordsmiths from the school

  • Kunimura (国村) *founder
  • Kuninobu(国信)
  • Kuniyasu(国泰)
  • Kuniyoshi(国吉)


Shape : Tapered blade with an IKUBI-KISSAKI(猪首切先).
Hada :
ITAME-HADA(板目肌) blended with MASAME-HADA(柾目肌).
Hamon :
SUGUHA(直刃), hazy NIOIKUCHI(匂口), misty UTSURI(映り).
O-MARU(大丸), short KAERI(返り).


  • The founder of the Enju school was a grandson of the founder of the RAI SCHOOL(来派) and the 2 schools swords have many in common. Same as the Rai school, the smiths in the Enju school used the Kanji character “国”(Kuni) in their smith name.
  • The school name “Enju” means “Longevity” so the Enju swords were often given as a ceremonial gift.
  • The school worked for Kikuchi Takemitsu(菊池武光), and they engaged in the development of the single edged lance known as Kikuchi-Yari(菊池槍).
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