kanabo school japanese sword

KANABO SCHOOL(金房派) was a Japanese sword school founded in Komori of Yamato province.



  • The middle to the late Muromachi period.

Famous Swordsmiths from the school

  • Masakage(政景)
  • Masakiyo(正清)
  • Masanaga(正長)
  • Masasada(政定)
  • Masashige(政重)
  • Masasuke(政助)
  • Masatsugu(政次)
  • Masazane(正実)
  • Masazane(正真)


ShapeKATANA(刀)NAGINATA(薙刀) and Yari are common. TANTO (短刀) is quite rare.
Hada :
Hamon : NIOI-DEKI(匂出来)GUNOME(互の目)SUGUHA(直刃).
Boshi :


  • In Yamato province, there were 5 major sword schools active this period and the Kanbo school is considered to have had its root in the TEGAI SCHOOL(手掻派). However, the relationship between the Kanabo school with the 5 schools remains unclear.
  • Like the other Yamato schools of the time, the Kanabo school took many orders from temples, and they produced well sharp Yari and Naginata mainly for the worrier monks.
  • The Kanabo school’s swords don’t have Yamato tradition characteristics but instead resemble Bizen or Taira Takada school swords. So, during the Edo period, they were referred to as Nara Bizen(奈良備前), which means Bizen style swords made in Nara prefecture.
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