///ARTWORK/// "The Five Schools"
///MAP - Japan with YAMATO overlay///
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Schools: Sword Profile
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Hand with Cards SENJUIN
Early YAMATO TAIMA GO KINAI steel
/////////////////// SHIKKAKE Dark-clear
////////ARTWORK//// SHIZU Earlier masters show
Hand with Cards TEGAI greater complexity and
Later YAMATO SUE-TEGAI subtlety of color
The Five Schools
YAMATO Tutor: General Technical
The most important feature that distinguishes YAMATO from
YAMASHIRO is raised SHINOGI and MUNE ridge lines. Both provinces
used TORIIZORI and have wide SHINOGI-JI, but the raised SHINOGI
and MUNE of YAMATO blades will differ markedly. Note: Raised
SHINOGI can also be found on BITCHU blades, SATSUMA, SUWO, the
2nd BIZEN KANEMITSU and the MINO lines, KANEMOTO and KANESADA.
The HADA differs as well.YAMATO blades exhibit MASAME or an ITAME
MASAME mix (YAMASHIRO used KO-MOKUME almost exclusively).
REMINDER: MASAME "straight grain" can appear in a mix but was
also often used as the structural basis of a laminate. MASAME
along the HA or the SHINOGI may be the sword structural plan in
view. YAMATO used KO-MOKUME or ITAME, but MASAME at play shows a basic
structural distinction from YAMASHIRO. Both YAMATO and
YAMASHIRO can have the well-worked HADA that reminds of NASHIJI.
Early swords are in SUGUHA, SUGU KO-MIDARE or KO-MIDARE BA in NIE.
Some have ASHI. YAKIBA of later blades may be wider. O-MIDARE
GUNOME, KO-MIDARE mixes are seen - with, perhaps, less pronounced
NIE and some KAEN. Mostly without turnback. Later BOSHI might be
MIDARE (some full temper in KANABO school).
YAMATO NAKAGO is much like that of YAMASHIRO. They have length
and gentle curve. A few of the older pieces are KIJI. Famous
YASURI for YAMATO is TAKANOHA (falcon feathers) and HIGAKE.