Copyright Robert Cole 2015 - No copying or distributing -
YAMATO




YAMATO HOSHO     Works of the Hosho 
are
the Rarest of the Five Schools

- 3 Brothers -       ______________________________________
_____|__             ___|_____          ___|____ SADAMUNE   SADAYOSHI          SADAKIYO

        Even MASAME: Think HOSHO, or schools having HOSHO          roots. Check neighboring KII (Eight Roads, pg ###).
HOSHO special trait is much JI-BA through the YAKIBA.

 Technical: SUGATA - Wide. Shallow curvature, high SHINOGI,                      high MUNE or MITSU-MUNE. KO-KISSAKI.                     CHIKEI and JI-NIE found.                       HADA - MASAME - pronounced. Follows FUKURA.                     Some members famed for evenly-laid grain.             HAMON - SUGUHA with UCHINOKE in NIE and NIOI.                      SUGU KO-MIDARE. HOTSURE. Perhaps NIJU.                     Some KINSUJI and KO-ASHI.                     BOSHI - YAKIZUME. Follows the grain. HAKIKAKE.                    NAKAGO - Many SURIAGE.

HOSHO Special Trait: - MASAME wraps to the MUNE at KISSAKI
                                              _______
                                              SADAIYE BUN-PO 1317
__________________________       _________     _______ __________
HOSHO KUNIMITSU (SADAMITSU)      SADATSUGU     SADAAKI UDA SADAKI 
     | KO-AN 1278                 SHO-O 1288     - GEN-O 1319 -
     |                  - 3 Brothers - 
     |_______________________ _________________   
_____|__                  ___|_____         ___|____
SADAMUNE BUN-PO 1317      SADAYOSHI         SADAKIYO GEN-KYO 1321
     |_________ ________     | BUN-PO 1317  ___|____     
_____|__    ___|__  ____|___ |              SADAMOTO
SADAZANE    NYUSAI  YASUNAGA |                KA-REKI 1326
RYAKU-O 1338  KA-GEN 1303    |
    _____________ ___________|_____________
___|___      ____|___     ___|____     ____|____          
SADAOKI      SADAYUKI     SADAMURA     SADAMITSU(1) BUN-WA 1352
(SADASUYE)   TEI-WA 1345    _|_        ____|____          
 TEI-JI 1362              ___|_____    SADAMITSU(2) EI-WA 1375     
_________                 SADATSUGU          ________
SADATOSHI KA-REKI 1326    KO-SHO 1455        SADAYUKI KO-SHO 1455
________                     - SUE-HOSHO -   _________           
SADASUYE TEI-WA 1345                         SADAMITSU MEI-O 1492


SADATSUGU SHO-O to BUN-PO: His SADA form: TEI "Divination," TSUGU
        form: KEI "Inherit." TACHI has elongated KO-KISSAKI on 
        raised and wide SHINOGI SUGATA. MASAME with CHIKEI and 
        JI-NIE. NIJUBA ASAKI-NOTARE BA in NIE having ASHI and YO.
        SUNAGASHI and NIJUBA walk the grain. BOSHI: NIJUBA and 
        HAKIKAKE falls YAKIZUME with the grain. Only three extant 
pieces known.     MEI: SADATSUGU 3 Brothers SADAMUNE BUN-PO (f: KUNIMITSU): TACHI and 9 SUN, MU-SORI TANTO.         Even grained MASAME veiled in JI-NIE. SUGU KO-MIDARE.         CHU-SUGU HOTSURE BA in NIE and NIOI with SUNAGASHI.         BOSHI is NIE HAKIKAKE YAKIZUME. Large MEI in thick          strokes on KURIJIRI NAKAGO. Some with thin strokes.     MEI: HOSHO SADAMUNE SAKU          HOSHO GORO SADAMUNE          YAMATO-no-KUNI HOSHO SADAMUNE          YAMATO-no-KUNI TAKACHI-GORI JU SADAMUNE

SADAZANE RYAKU-O (f: SADAMUNE): TAKACHI JU. MASAME. NIE NIJU-SUGU          HOTSURE BA. HAKIKAKE BOSHI that falls in YAKIZUME.     MEI: SADAZANE          FUJIWARA SADAZANE          TAKACHI JU SADAZANE          WASHU TAKACHI JU SADAZANE
Juyo Bunkazai Hosho Sadatsugu

Juyo Bunkazai Hosho Sadatsugu

Nagasa: 2 Shaku 3 Sun 6 Bu (71.51cm)
Sori: 6 Bu 4 Rin (1.95cm)
Motohaba: 9 Bu 3 Rin (2.8cm)
Sakihaba: 5 Bu 6 Rin (1.7cm)
Kissaki-naga: 9 Bu 3 Rin (2.8cm)
Moto-kasane: 2 Bu (0.6cm)
Saki-kasane: 1 Bu 3 Rin (0.4cm)
Nakago: 6 Sun 1 Bu 4 Rin (18.6cm)
Slight Nakagozori

A long possession of the Kishu Tokugawa Family
Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, shallow Sori to Ko-Kissaki.
Masame Hada has O-Hada with deep Jinie Fukashi and Chikei.
Suguha with Ko-Ashi and Yo where the Yakiba becomes Niju.
Nakago is Suriage with Kurijiri and partial signature at the bottom.
             Sadatsugu
Nihonto Taikan pg 191 with discussion, Koto Volume 1.

YAMATO HOSHO School

3 Brothers
SADAYOSHI BUN-PO (f: KUNIMITSU ): HOSHO GORO. Title: SAEMONnoJO.
        From BUN-PO 1317 to TEI-WA 1345. 8.5 to 9.5 SUN, wide and
        thick TANTO. This smith has several distinctive points. 

                       - Evenly made MASAME. 
                       - JI-NIE is particularly strong. 
                       - Wide YAKIBA rises from thin YAKIDASHI. 

        SUGUHA of strong NIE that shows HOTSURE. KO-ASHI under
        SUNAGASHI with KINSUJI. BOSHI will be NIE HAKIKAKE or 
        KAEN - follows grain. Many with HORIMONO. Mark: HORI are
        deeply cut. Usually long signature.
    MEI: HOSHO SADAYOSHI
         FUJIWARA SADAYOSHI
         FUJIWARA SADAYOSHI SAKU
         KINGO FUJIWARA SADAYOSHI
         YAMATO-no-KUNI JUNIN SADAYOSHI SAKU
         YAMATO-no-KUNI JUNIN FUJIWARA SADAYOSHI
         YAMATO-no-KUNI KINGO FUJIWARA SADAYOSHI
         NANTO TAKACHI-GORI JU FUJIWARA SADAYOSHI
         TAKACHI-GORI JU KINGO FUJIWARA SADAYOSHI
         TAKACHI-GORI JUNIN KINGO FUJIWARA SADAYOSHI
         YAMATO-no-KUNI TAKACHI-GORI JUNIN SAEMONnoJO SADAYOSHI
         YAMATO-no-KUNI TAKACHI-GORI JUNIN FUJIWARA SADAYOSHI
                                  NYUSEI HOSHI SAKU

SADAYUKI TEI-WA (f: SADAYOSHI): Evenly laid MASAME has JI-NIE.          NIE-DEKI SUGU HOTSURE BA. BOSHI is HAKIKAKE YAKIZUME.     MEI: FUJIWARA SADAYOSHI          WASHU TAKACHI-GORI SADAYUKI SADAMITSU(1) BUN-WA (f: SADAYOSHI): Even-running MASAME HADA with          JI-NIE. NIE-DEKI NIJUBA SUGU KO-MIDARE BA with HOTSURE.         BOSHI is HAKIKAKE YAKIZUME. 2nd follows in EI-WA 1375.     MEI: FUJIWARA SADAMITSU          YAMATO-no-KUNI JU SADAMITSU SAKU          YAMATO-no-KUNI FUJIWARA SADAMITSU 3 Brothers SADAKIYO GEN-KYO (f:KUNIMITSU ): Made narrow HIRA-TSUKURI TANTO.         Rough, straight MASAME with JI-NIE. KO-NIE CHU-SUGUHA          KO-MIDARE BA or GUNOME with ASHI-IRI under SUNAGASHI has         HOTSURE from the HABUCHI. HOSHO NIE-FUKASHI based HAKIKAKE         BOSHI that resolves in YAKIZUME. MEI: Large             characters.     MEI: SADAKIYO          HOSHO SADAKIYO          FUJIWARA SADAKIYO          FUJIWARA SADAKIYO SAKU          WASHU JU FUJIWARA SADAKIYO          YAMATO-no-KUNI JU FUJIWARA SADAKIYO SADAOKI TEI-JI (f: SADAKIYO, t: SADAYOSHI): He is possibly son of         SADAMUNE. HOSHO style, normal width TANTO.MASAME HADA          showing ARA JI-NIE is evenly laid and rough. SUGUHA or         KO-MIDARE KUICHIGAI BA in strong KO-NIE. HOTSURE from the         line. NIE HAKIKAKE BOSHI. Signature uses the OKU          character-form of OKI.      MEI: SADAOKI          HOSHO SADAOKI          FUJIWARA SADAOKI

Kokuho Hosho Sadayoshi Tanto
Nagasa: 8 Sun 5 Bu (25.76cm)
Sori: Slight Uchizori
Motohaba: 8 Bu (2.42cm)
Moto-kasane: 2 Bu 7 Rin (0.82cm)
Nakago: 3 Sun 4 Bu (10.45cm)
Nakago-Muzori


The foremost Hosho example. Flowing Masame Hada turns into the Kissaki creating its Nie-Hakikake Boshi, in which long lines of Kinsuji run like whiskers.
Strong Nie Suguha has even-laying Sunagashi defining the grain.
Ubu, Two-Mekugi-ana. Many mountings.

  Takachi Ju Kango Fujiwara Sadayoshi

  Genkyo 4th (Year) Ki-no-e Ne (Year of the Rat) Ju-Gatsu Juhachi-Hi

Kokuho Hosho Sadayoshi Tanto


Return to: SiteMap
Glossary