samonji school japanese sword

SAMONJI SCHOOL(左文字派) was a Japanese sword school founded by Ryosai(良西) in Chikuzen province of the Kyushu island.



  • Kamakura period to the early Muromachi period.

Famous Swordsmiths from the school

  • Genkei(源慶) aka O-Sa(大左)
  • Jitsua(実阿)
  • Nyusai(入西)
  • Ryosai(良西)
  • Sadayoshi(貞吉)
  • Sadayuki(定行)
  • Yasuyoshi(安吉) 
  • Yoshisada(吉貞)
  • Yukihiro(行弘)


Kamakura period to the early Nanbokutyo period.

HadaITAME-HADA(板目肌) mixed with MOKUME-HADA(杢目肌).
HamonSUGUHA(直刃). Hazy NIOIKUCHI(匂口).

After the early Nanbokucho period.

Hada : Fine-grained ITAME-HADA.
HamonNIE-DEKI(沸出来). Irregular NOTARE(のたれ). Deep NIOIKUCHI.


  • Generally, the sword schools on the Kyushu island were influenced a lot by the YAMATO Tradition(大和伝), and like other schools there, the Samonji school also produced Yamato tradition style swords at first. However, a swordsmith Genkei who is considered to have been an apprentice of Masamune(正宗), incorporated some techniques from Soshu Tradition(相州伝) and from the Nanbokucho period, the school started producing the Soshu tradition style swords.
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