SOSHU Tradition(相州伝)

soshu tradition japanese sword

Soshu tradition, also called Soshu Den, refers to the common characteristics of the swords in Sagami province.



  • Kamakura to Muromachi period

Related smiths

Common Characteristics 

Shape : Wider but thinner blade with a larger KISSAKI(切先) and a narrower SHINOGI-JI(鎬地).
Hamon : Rough NIE-DEKI(沸出来). Irregular GUNOME(互の目) or HITATSURA(皆焼). KINSUJI(金筋) and SUNAGASHI(砂流し) apparent very well.


  • The Soshu tradition achieved the making of a light but durable sword by combining various metals. But it required a high degree of technical skill, which only a few smiths could master. As a result, gradually the number of swordsmiths decreased and the tradition declined around the middle of the Muromachi period.
  • The tradition caused a sensation throughout the county at the time and influenced many swordsmiths in Yamashiro province and Bizen province. Namely, Kunimitsu(国光) and Kunitsugu(国次) from the RAI SCHOOL(来派) and Kanemitsu(兼光) and CHOGI(長義) were obviously also inspired by the Soshu tradition, as you can see some characteristics of the tradition in their swords.
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