yoshii school japanese sword

YOSHII SCHOOL(吉井派) was a Japanese sword school founded by Tamenori(為則) near the Yoshii river in Bizen province.



  • Nanbokucho to Muromachi period

Famous Swordsmiths from the school

  • Kagenori(景則)
  • Kanenori(兼則)
  • Kiyonori(清則)
  • Sanenori(真則)
  • Tamenori(為則)*founder
  • Ujinori(氏則)
  • Yoshinori(吉則)


Shape : Slender and small blade.
Hada : Finely-grained MOKUME-HADA(杢目肌), UTSURI(映り).

Hamon : NIOI-DEKI(匂出来), small GUNOME(互の目), which has NIE(沸) apparent at the bottom of the curves of the Hamon.
Boshi : MIDARE-KOMI(乱れ込み), short KAERI(返り).
Other : 


  • The origin of the school is still uncertain, one theory says the founder was from the UKAI SCHOOL(宇甘派), the other says Kanenori founded the school and he was a descendant of the OSAFUNE SCHOOL(長船派).
  • Some of the smiths of the school moved to Izumo province later on and founded the Michinaga school(道永派) there.
  • During the Nanbokucho period, when the school was founded, almost all the sword schools made a robust-looking sword with a wide and thick blade and a large KISSAKI(切先) in order to use a sword from the horseback. But the Yoshii school’s swords made in this period are not like that, they are smaller and slenderer and the reason behind it remains uncertain.
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