KIYOMITSU(清光)

KIYOMITSU(清光) was a Japanese swordsmith in Bizen province. Region Bizen province (Okayama prefecture today) Active Muromachi period Famous Swordsmiths working under the name of Kiyomitsu Goro [...]

KANEMOTO(兼元)

KANEMOTO(兼元) was a swordsmith active in Mino province. His name has been succeeded through many generations until today. Region Mino province (Gifu prefecture today) Active Late Muromachi period [...]

YOSHII SCHOOL(吉井派)

YOSHII SCHOOL(吉井派) was a Japanese sword school founded by Tamenori(為則) near the Yoshii river in Bizen province. Region Bizen province(Okayama today) Active Nanbokucho to Muromachi period Famous [...]

GASSAN SCHOOL(月山派)

GASSAN SCHOOL(月山派) was a Japanese sword school founded by Oniomaru(鬼王丸) at the foot of Mt. Gassan in Dewa province. Region Dewa and Settsu province(Yamagata and Osaka prefecture today) Active Ko [...]

OUEI BIZEN(応永備前)

OUEI BIZEN(応永備前) refers to the Japanese swords produced in Bizen province during the Muromachi period; Ouei era(ca 1394-1428). Region Bizen province (Okayama prefecture today) Active 1394-1428 [...]

ZOKUMEI(俗名)

What is Zokumei(俗名)? Zokumei refers to the real name of the swordsmith. It’s often seen in the swords made in Bizen province during the Sengoku period.

SUE BIZEN(末備前)

SUE BIZEN(末備前) refers to the Japanese swords produced during the late Muromachi period(ca 1504-1592) in Bizen province. Region Bizen province (Okayama prefecture today) Active 1504-1592 Famous [...]

Shape of Sword : Early Muromachi Period

What influenced the change in the shape of sword made in the early Muromachi period? (1394-1466) The shape of the early Muromachi period swords somewhat resembles that of the early Kamakura [...]

Shape of Sword : Nanbokucho Period

  What influenced the change in the shape of sword made in the Nanbokucho period?(1334-1393) In this period swords became longer, so they could be wielded from horseback, but to compensate for [...]