Yoshindo Yoshihara

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Yoshindo Yoshihara (1943) is a Japanese swordsmith based in Tokyo. His family have made swords for ten generations, and he himself learned the art from his grandfather, Yoshihara Kuniie.[1] Yoshindo himself gained his licence as a smith in 1965.[2]

Yoshihara uses traditional techniques in his work, and uses tamahagane steel.[3] Until 1970 he produced swords primarily in the Soshu tradition of Masamune, but switched in the 1970s to creating swords in the Bizen style.[1]

Yoshihara has trained nine apprentices, including his son Yoshikazu.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c Steve Shackleford (7 September 2010). Spirit Of The Sword: A Celebration of Artistry and Craftsmanship. Krause Publications. pp. 78–88. ISBN 1-4402-1639-8.
  2. ^ Gerd Bulthaup (13 September 2004). Perspectives. Hoffmann und Campe.
  3. ^ Madeleine Durand-Charre (9 March 2013). Microstructure of Steels and Cast Irons. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 28. ISBN 978-3-662-08729-9.
  4. ^ Thakrar, Raju. "Deadly weapons forged as art". The Japan Times. Retrieved 6 February 2018.