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Yokoyama Sukenaga



A suriage katana signed, Bizen Osafune Ju Yokoyama Sukenaga / Tomonari Gojurokudai Mago.  Shinogizukure, iroi mune, chu kissaki.  Hawatare:  2 shaku 2 sun 1 bu 6 rin (67.15 cm or 26.44"). Motohaba: 3.02 cm.  Sakihaba: 2 cm.  Kasane: 6.6 mm.  Flamboyant choji midare, ashi iri, yo, kinsuji, sunagashi, nado.  The jigane is a bright fine itame, slightly hada tatsu, which also can be seen in the hamon, almost giving an impression of bright fine ha nie at first glance. In fact, Shibata says that his gunome is done in ko nie deki. There are chikei, nado.  Exactly what you would expect to see from this school.  Accompanying  excellent Kyugunto koshirae mounted with a tsunagi.  The inscription on the back strap reads, Goho Ni (Rear Artillery 2),  Kutsuwara Goryo.   Polished by James Jordan of New Zealand, mounted in the finest tiger stripe hinoki shirasaya that I have ever seen.   The habaki is the military habaki that came with the koshirae.  This has never been submitted to shinsa.         

According to Fujishiro, there were at least three other Sukenaga than the one he illustrates, all of whom signed,  Gojurokudai Mago.  The Kiku Ichi preceding the signature is the most commonly thought of trait for this smith's mei, however there is an example in Nihon To Koza without the Kiku Ichi on the nakago.