HOSHO SCHOOL(保昌派)

hosho school japanese sword

HOSHO SCHOOL(保昌派) was a Japanese sword school founded by Kunimitsu (国光) in Yamato province(大和).

Region


Active


  • Late Kamakura period(1185-1333) to Muromachi period(1336-1573)

Famous Swordsmiths from the school


  • Kunimitsu (国光)
  • Sadakiyo(貞清
  • Sadamune(貞宗)
  • Sadaoki(貞興)
  • Sadayoshi(貞吉)

Characteristics 


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. 

Notes


  • 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).
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