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Boshi - The Hamon pattern in the Kissaki in Japanese Swords

The Boshi is the Hamon pattern on the tip or Kissaki on Japanese Swords. This pattern requires more ability to create than the other parts of the blade and demonstrates the smiths abilities. If the the boshi turns back toward the nakago, where it touches the mune (back of the blade), that is called Kaeri. Only a few of the 12-20 patterns regularly seen are described below.

O-Maru

      

Yakizume

      

Ichimai

      

Kaeri-fukai

      

Hakikake

      

Kaen

      

Midareba