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The Eight DO
TOSANDO - The Eight Roads of KOTO




MOKUSA HOJU School  

              MOKUSA: Deeply curved TORIIZORI. Standing O-ITAME 
              shows CHIKEI. KO-CHOJI MIDARE in KO-NIE. SUNAGASHI. 
              BOSHI: Usually YAKIZUME.
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FUMITOSHI GEN-RYAKU 1184 
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HOJU(1) TEI-O 1222  
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HOJU(2) HO-JI 1247  
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HOJU(3) TOKU-JI 1306    
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HOJU(4) EN-BUN 1356    MOROMUNE KEM-MU 1334 
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HOJU(5) TEI-JI 1362 
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HOJU(6) EI-TOKU 1381 
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HOJU(7) O-EI 1394  
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HOJU(8) KAN-SHO 1460   
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HOJU(9) BUN-MEI 1469   MORICHIKA BUN-MEI 1469

FUMITOSHI: Also called MONJU. He worked under TAIRA YORIMORI (the
        only remaining of MINAMOTO YORITOMO's favor), who died in
        1186. His work is therefore prior. FUMITOSHI is known for
        his HIGE-KIRI MARU "Beard-cutter" sword. 
















Hoju
Nagasa: 29 15/16"
Nakago:  7 5/16"

Shinogi-tsukuri, Muru-mune, Funbari Tachi with strong Chu-Kissaki. Bo-Hi runs the length.
Running O-Itame Hada has JiNIe and Chikei. Dark steel has Bo-Utsuri.
Suguha with Ko-Gunome of Ko-Nie in a soft Nioi-Guchi. There are small Tobi-yaki and the line is YakiOtoshi.
Sugu Komaru Boshi.
Ubu, slightly Haagari Nakago has two Mekugi-ana.

       Hoju



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BUNKAZAI HOJU

BUNKAZAI HOJU 
NAGASA: 77.6cm 
SORI: 3.6cm 


SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE. KOSHIZORI finds strong FUNBARI. Strength  rides to an IKUBI-like CHU-KISSAKI; and a BO-HI falls from the KO-SHINOGI.

Very strongly standing ITAME and O-ITAME HADA runs and twists in a near  AYASUGI. There is JI-NIE and CHIKEI in the white colored grain. 

NIOI and NIE KO-MIDARE of KO-CHOJI-MIDARE BA defined of falling KO-ASHI  has SUNAGASHI running. 

KUZURE HAKIKAKE BOSHI has YAKIZUME KAERI. 

UBU, HA-AGARI NAKAGO has two MEKUGI-ANA and his two-character MEI:  HOJU



HOJU School
HOJU(1) TEI-O (f: GEN-RYAKU FUMITOSHI): HIRAIZUMI JU. With so few
        swords, positive attribution is difficult. ITAME with 
        MASAME. SUGU KO-MIDARE that is deeply HAKIKAKE swept. 

HOJU(2) HO-JI: HIRAIZUMI JU. Mid-KAMAKURA, wide-bladed CHU or
        IKUBI-KISSAKI, FUNBARI TACHI. Standing SHIRA-KE ITAME
        with MASAME has CHIKEI and JI-NIE. CHOJI of KO-NIE and
        NIOI is KO-MIDARE while ASHI falls through SUNAGASHI.
        BOSHI: NIE-KUZURE YAKIZUME.

HOJU(3) TOKU-JI: HIRAIZUMI JU. Moved to YAMATO and on to
        CHIKUZEN. SUE-KAMAKURA style CHU-KISSAKI TACHI. "Turbid"
        color SHIRA-KERU ITAME of standing MOKUME has JI-NIE. 
        YAKIBA is NIE and NIOI SUGU where KO-MIDARE CHOJI BA 
        pushes through the HABUCHI. ASHI and YO drop in 
        SUNAGASHI.  

HOJU(4) EN-BUN: TAMAZUKURI JU. A NAMBOKUCHO 3.9 SHAKU O-DACHI is
        known. SHIRA-KE ITAME with MASAME. KO-CHOJI KO-MIDARE.
        KURIKARA "Dragon" HORIMONO.

HOJU(7) O-EI: AYASUGI MASAME mix. SUGUHA and KO-MIDARE BA that is
        HAKIKAKE. 
Hoju:   O-Itame Ayasugi Hada with arcing Chikei






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