HOSHO SCHOOL(保昌派) was a Japanese sword school founded by Kunimitsu (国光) in Yamato province(大和).
- Late Kamakura period(1185-1333) to Muromachi period(1336-1573)
Famous Swordsmiths from the school
- Kunimitsu (国光)
Shape : Robust-looking sword with a thin blade.
Hada : MASAME-HADA(柾目肌).
Hamon : NIE-DEKI(沸出来), SUGUHA(直刃), NIJUBA(二重刃).
Boshi : YAKIZUME(焼詰), HAKIKAKE(掃掛け)
Others : YASURIME(鑢目) is cross-hatched pattern called Higaki. The end of NAKAGO(茎) is straight.
- Unlike the other 4 schools of the Yamato tradition, the temple for which Hosho school worked still remains a mystery.
- Among the 5 schools of the Yamato tradition, the school left signed swords the least.
- Their swords produced after Muromachi period are referred to as Sue Hosho(末保昌).