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2nd SUKEFUSA - FUKUOKA ICHIMONJI
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SUKEFUSA(2) KEN-PO 1213
   |_________________________ _______________________ __________  
___|_____                 ___|_____              ____|____      |
YOSHIFUSA(2) JO-EI 1232   SUKECHIKA RYAKU-NIN    SUKETOSHI      |
___|_____                 ___|____        1238   RYAKU-NIN 1238 |
YOSHIFUSA(3) HO-JI 1247   YUKIHIDE                              |
    to BUN-EI 1264         BUN-EI 1264                          |
   _________________________ ____________ __________________ ___|
__|_____                 ___|____     ___|___               |
SUKEZANE KEN-CHO 1249    KORESUKE     NORIIYE HO-JI 1247    |
  | KAMAKURA ICHIMONJI   HO-JI 1247   ___|___               |
  |_______________________            IYEMUNE SHO-GEN 1259  |
__|_____               ___|_____      ______________________|____
SUKESADA -BUN-EI 1264- SUKETSUNA      YOSHIOKA UMANOSUKE SUKEFUSA
  |_______________________                             KO-AN 1278
__|_____               ___|____       _______  
SUKENAGA KA-GEN 1303   SUKETOKI       IYEMURA SHO-O 1288 
__|_____               EI-NIN 1293    ___|_____  
SUKEYASU SHO-WA 1312                  YOSHIYUKI KEM-MU 1334


SUKEFUSA(2) KEN-PO: TOZAEMON. Wide mid-KAMAKURA, IKUBI-KISSAKI
        TACHI. MOKUME with standing UTSURI. NIOI-DEKI O-CHOJI 
        MIDARE BA. This mans' son, UMAnoSUKE SUKEFUSA, became a
        YOSHIOKA smith. From KO-AN 1278 to TOKU-JI 1306. 
        See YOSHIOKA ICHIMONJI.

YOSHIFUSA(2) JO-EI (f: TOZAEMON SUKEFUSA): TOJIRO. Son-in-law of
        MUNEYOSHI. Work from SHO-KYU 1219. Wide, IKUBI-KISSAKI 
        mid-KAMAKURA FUNBARI TACHI. KO-MOKUME veiled in JI-NIE 
        and vividly clear MIDARE-UTSURI. The height varies for a
        very lively CHOJI-MIDARE BA in NIOI. HAKIKAKE swept 
        MIDARE BOSHI. TACHI-MEI is large for YOSHIFUSA line.

YOSHIFUSA(3) HO-JI (f: YOSHIFUSA 2): KYUGORO. He was son-in-law 
        of YOSHIHIRA. Wide, mid-KAMAKURA IKUBI-KISSAKI, FUNBARI
        TACHI. His strong KO-MOKUME has JI-NIE and standing 
        MIDARE-UTSURI. KO-NIE and NIOI-DEKI OBUSA and KAWAZU 
        CHOJI-MIDARE BA with ASHI and YO. YOSHIFUSA line is 
        famous for the very lively CHOJI and OBUSA CHOJI YAKIBA
        patterns associated to the ICHIMONJI. The second 
        YOSHIFUSA is eclipsed by the greater contrast of the 
        third's extravagant pattern against a wafting 
        MIDARE-UTSURI.

YOSHIFUSA Note: With this name, the dates swim. The high 
reaching, mid-KAMAKURA ICHIMONJI CHOJI patterns of KEN-CHO are 
noted to diminish starting in BUN-EI 1264. Competing sources 
give dates for TOJIRO as HO-JI and KYUGORO in BUN-EI. This is not
a likely starter for KYUGORO. See YOSHIFUSA(1)


























KOKUHO OKADA-GIRI YOSHIFUSA

KOKUHO OKADA-GIRI YOSHIFUSA                National Treasure
NAGASA: 2 SHAKU 2.8 SUN 
SORI: 7 BU 
NAKAGO: 6 SUN
MOTO-HABA: 1 SUN 2 RIN
SAKI-HABA: 7.8 BU

During the famous and victorious Battle of NAGAKUTE on KOMAKI-YAMA against usurper HIDEYOSHI, ODA NOBUNAGAs' son NOBUO used this, his father's favorite sword, to slay OKADA SUKESABURO.See history

NOBUO's rescuing ally, TOKUGAWA IYEYASU gained a favorable leave in the resolving treats with HIDEYOSHI, - as their negotiation left the ODA in decline. HIDEYOSHI builds OSAKA, TOKUGAWA takes the KANTO
                                            ...and NOBUO names his sword - OKADA-GIRI. 

        SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, KOSHIZORI TACHI. A feeling 
        of width overtakes the viewer, - its round BIZEN FUKURA
        joins an elongated IKUBI-like KISSAKI to enlarge the 
        already wide mid-KAMAKURA style upper. A SHINOGI wide 
        BO-HI falls from the KISSAKI to the NAKAGO. 
Steel: An articulate KO-MOKUME runs under swimming
MIDARE-UTSURI.         The JI is a forest of OBUSA and KAWAZU rises. Their          crowded stacks release soft SHIMA-BA which drift like          smoke. YAKIBA height is abated in the lower.         O-SURIAGE NAKAGO. Two MEKUGI-ANA KIRI-JIRI leaves his
MEI at the bottom: 
                                                     YOSHIFUSA 



Kokuho Yoshifusa


NAGASA:  71.3cm     SORI:2.7cm 

SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, wide Funbari KOSHIZORI TACHI.

KO-ITAME HADA has standing MIDARE-UTSURI going to MUNE-YAKI. 

NIOI-FUKASHI and KO-NIE JUKA-CHOJI hides and peeks through the upper and  finds GUNOME mixing in the lower. SUNAGASHI and KINSUJI define. 

An early version of the typical BIZEN NAKAGO has one MEKUGI-ANA and is  signed on the SHINOGI above:                               YOSHIFUSA
           
Another YOSHIFUSA pdf



Yoshifusa - Kokuho

Yoshifusa - Kokuho
Nagasa: 60.9cm
Moto-Haba: 2.4cm


Altered for the Navel mounts of the Taisho Emperor
Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, little curve, Chu-Kissaki.
Ko-Itame Hada with Ji-Nie and Midare-Utsuri.
Nioi-Fukashi and Ko-Nie Juka Choji-Midare Ba with Ashi and Yo with Sunagashi and Kinsuji.
Sugu Kuzure Ba Boshi with Ko-Maru and Hakikake.
O-Suriage Kurijiri Nakago has one Mekugi-ana and OrikaeshiMei, framed in the lower.
       Yoshifusa

2nd SUKEFUSA School - FUKUOKA BIZEN
YOSHIFUSA(4) KO-AN: Work to SHO-AN 1299. SAKON SABURO. The 4th 
        YOSHIFUSA is marked by a restraintful conservatism of 
        pattern. The MONOUCHI will seem comparatively deserted
        and the YAKIBA, generally, will be shallower and more 
        hushed. Small MEI is strongly cut. Signature gets 
        gradually larger with time.

SUKECHIKA RYAKU-NIN (f: SUKEFUSA): FUKUOKA JU. SUGUHA with ASHI
        or large cluster CHOJI BA.
     SUKECHIKA

YUKIHIDE BUN-EI (f: SUKECHIKA): There seems to be a large
        confusion, in common reference, of dates and smith with
        YUKIHIDE. Rules must be called to any sword. 

Early KAMAKURA swords: 
     an advancing width in the MONOUCHI above HEIAN SUGATA
     have KO-NIE
     have a variation in YAKIBA height
Mid-KAMAKURA swords:
     a full and powerful MONOUCHI with little or no FUNBARI
     FUKUOKA parades NIOI-DEKI
     fully expanded patterns disallow fluctuation in height
Late KAMAKURA swords:
     MONOUCHI begins to slim 
     OSAFUNE GUNOME-CHOJI hits w/KAMAKURA and undulation returns
     FUKUOKA smiths and their pattern get old and die down 

        BUN-EI YUKIHIDE is an even height, CHU-width SAKA CHOJI
        that reminds of BITCHU AOE, - CHU-AOE. Large MEI above 
        the ANA.
     YUKIHIDE

SUKETOSHI RYAKU-NIN (f: SUKEFUSA): Possibly NORIYORI was father.
        Work to KEN-CHO 1249 shows in his mid-KAMAKURA SUGATA 
        wide TACHI. KO-MOKUME with MIDARE-UTSURI stands strongly
        against the dynamic OBUSA CHOJI-MIDARE YAKIBA that varies
        in height.

KORESUKE HO-JI (t: NORIMUNE, f: SUKEFUSA):

TOCHIKA SHO-KYU (f: TSUNETO): MOKUME. KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA.

NORIIYE HO-JI: SUKEFUSA Son-in-law. Traveled to YAMANOUCHI for
        the KAMAKURA ICHIMONJI of founding relation, SUKEZANE.

IYEMUNE SHO-GEN (f: NORIIYE): ITAME HADA. CHOJI-MIDARE BA.

2nd SUKEFUSA School
SUKEZANE KEN-CHO (f: SUKEFUSA): TOGENJI. KOREYASU-SHINNO, the 7th
        KAMAKURA SHOGUN is said to have summoned him, although
        KOREYASU was three years old in 1266 when he succeeded to
        the office. SUKEZANE is listed as working in SAGAMI by 
        SHO-GEN 1259 when he founded his KAMAKURA ICHIMONJI in 
        YAMANOUCHI. Wide, mid-KAMAKURA TACHI SUGATA with 
        IKUBI-KISSAKI. ITAME HADA has JI-NIE and CHOJI-UTSURI 
        that rises so strongly it appears to take in the steel 
        like YUBASHIRI, and also forms KO-NIE throughout the 
        HABUCHI area, or JI-BA area. Look for CHIKEI. KO-NIE and
        NIOI-FUKASHI OBUSA CHOJI with ASHI and YO rise and fall
        with high and low swells that are marked of KAWAZU CHOJI
        and TOGARI points. KINSUJI and SUNAGASHI run through. 
        MIDARE-KOMI or SUGU BOSHI finds a HAKIKAKE swept TOGARI
        or small KO-MARU with short KAERI. 
        Early work: Large MEI, later, small. Said to have used a
        later signature: TAMETOKI. See SAGAMI 





Yari of Kato Kiyomasa
   See Zenjo Kaneshige
Nikko Sukezane


KOKUHO NIKKO SUKEZANE of the Nikko Tosogu

NAGASA: 71.2cm  SORI: 2.5cm 

Sword of Kato Kiyomasa and later a possession of IYEYASU.
Following the SHOGUN's death, it was transferred  to the famous TOKUGAWA Shrine, NIKKO TOSHOGU


SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, wide mid-KAMAKURA TACHI SUGATA. A bold BO-HI  spines the strong IKUBI-KISSAKI. 

Classic full SUGATA of the mid-KAMAKURA, it mimics the prior extension  of SUGATA parameters from the mid-HEIAN, SAMPIRA JIDAI and fore-runs the  even more exaggerated SUGATA of the coming NAMBOKUCHO. - SOSHU had these  swords to copy. 

Strongly defined ITAME HADA with JI-NIE stands under MIDARE-UTSURI. 

Deep NIOI-FUKASHI and KO-NIE O-CHOJI MIDARE BA pushes TOGARI pinnacles  and falling ASHI through rivers of SUNAGASHI and YO. 

MIDARE-KOMI BOSHI finds a brushed Hakikake head at the SAKI. 

URA BO-HI drops to the butt of the tang. Two holes, SURIAGE NAKAGO is  signed against the MUNE.
            TACHI-MEI: Sukezane

Kato Kiyomasa Koshirae of Nikko Sukezane
See Juyo Senjuin copy





















































Kokuho Sukezane

KOKUHO SUKEZANE 

NAGASA: 67.0cm  SORI: 1.8cm 

SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, KOSHIZORI mid-KAMAKURA SURIAGE TACHI. Wide- bodied with IKUBI-KISSAKI. 

ITAME HADA shows JI-NIE on a bright steel.

Deep NIOI and KO-NIE O-CHOJI MIDARE BA has ASHI and YO KO-CHOJI, KO-GUNOME  figures squeezed into high-rising DAIBO. There is "Fist" clustering. 

BOSHI is CHU-width and Sweeps KINSUJI and HAKIKAKE onto a small KO-MARU.

Cleanly-formed O-SURIAGE, one MEKUGI-ANA NAKAGO has lost its original hole.  His signature resides at the bottom:
Sukezane



Sukezane - Kokuho

Sukezane - Kokuho
Nagasa: 65.6cm
Moto-Haba: 3cm


Shinogi-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, deeply curved, Chu-Kissaki.
Ko-Itame Hada with Ji-Nie and Midare-Utsuri.
The upper is a billowing Notare of clear Nioi-Fukashi and Ko-Nie Juka Choji-Midare Ba that hold grouped Daibo with Ashi and Yo. The lower is a restrained Asaki-Notare of Choji-Midare Ba.
Sunagashi and Kinsuji brush figures.
Ura Boshi is Chu-Sugu Ko-Maru while Omote has Midare-Komi to Yakizume.
O-Suriage Kurijiri Nakago has two Mekugi-ana.



Sukezane - Kokuho

Sukezane - Kokuho
Nagasa: 65.6cm
Moto-Haba: 3cm


Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, elongated Chu-Kissaki, mid-Kamakura Sugata with Hira-Niku.
Ko-Itame Hada has Ji-Nie and Midare-Utsuri.
Clear Nioi-Fukashi O-Choji-Midare Ba of high Daibo stands. Ashi and Yo dress figures while Sunagashi and Kinsuji brush through.
Midare-Komi Boshi is high-standing and resolves in Yakizume.
O-Suriage Kirijiri Nakago has two Mekugi-ana.



Ichimonji - Kokuho

Ichimonji - Kokuho
Nagasa:
71.7cm
Moto-Haba: 3cm

Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, Koshizori Funbari Tachi Chu-Kissaki.
Ko-Itame Hada has standing Midare-Utsuri.
Nioi-Fukashi O-Choji Midare Ba with Ashi and Yo. Daibo and Juka Choji reach to the Shinogi.
Boshi is Henka and full.
Ubu, slightly Haagari Kurijiri nakago has four Mekugi-ana. Signed with a flourish in the mid, across the Shinogi.
   Ichi

Okudaira Ichimonji
~Sword of Okudaira Nobumasa~














Okudaira Nobumasa          



Okudaira Ichimonji

Nagasa: 2 Shaku 3 Sun 4 Bu (70.9cm)
Sori: 1 Sun (3.03cm)
Moto-haba: 1 Sun 5 Rin (3.18cm)
Saki-haba: 7 Bu 4 Rin (2.24cm)
Kissaki-naga: 1 Sun 2 Bu (3.64cm)
Moto-kasane: 2 Bu 7 Rin (0.83)
Saki-kasane: 1 Bu 9 Rin (0.58)
Nakago: 7 Sun 1 Bu (21.51cm)


Nobumasa left the Takeda for the camp of Iyeyasu, the year Shingen died. In revenge Katsuyori put his wife to death. But Iyeyasu gave him his daughter, and later gave their son a new name, "Matsudaira".

Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, Koshizori Funbari Tachi with Sakizori to Ikubi-Kissaki. Full-length Bo-hi.
Defined and tight Ko-Itame Hada has JiNie and standing Utsuri.
The generally high-standing O-Choji Midare allows some gentle valleys in the mid. Tobi-yaki and Yo play hide-and-seek in the heads. Ashi pulls definition to deep Nioi-Fukashi and Nie in a clear Nioi-guchi.
Nie becomes Hakikake as the deep Boshi turns Yakizumi at the Ko-shinogi.
Nakago is a little Ha-agari Kurijiri and the Nakago-mune has a little Niku. Two Mekugi-ana and trademark signature: "Ichi" is gently stylized and in the middle - a sign of of times (following after the Ko-Ichimonji).


Nikko Ichimonji
Sword of Soun
Kokuho































Nikko Ichimonji

Soun had his son marry into the old Hojo line, gaining the great name, and quickly took the old Hojo Family asset, Odawara and the whole of the Province of Sagami. Considered a great man, he left a 21 chapter code of laws.



2nd SUKEFUSA School 

SUKETSUNA BUN-EI (f: SUKEZANE): KAMAKURA ICHIMONJI. TOGENJI. Wide
        mid-KAMAKURA SUGATA are seen. JI-NIE and CHIKEI in ITAME has 
        strong UTSURI. JI-BA stands in OBUSA CHOJI-MIDARE with ASHI and 
        YO in NIE. He followed his teacher to SOSHU for the 
        "KAMAKURA ICHIMONJI." 
        GEN-KYO 1321 SUKETSUNA finds reserve: SUGUHA with ASHI trend 
        mixes styles. See SAGAMI

































































BUNKAZAI SUKETSUNA

BUNKAZAI SUKETSUNA 

NAGASA: 74.5cm  SORI: 1.97cm 

This sword had been JUYO BIJUTSU-HIN,"JU-BI" and was awarded BUNKAZAI when  the former distinction was changed following WWII. 

A beautiful URA-MEI TACHI in the style of his teacher, SUKEZANE. It was  made SURIAGE in the time HIDEYOSHI. 

Old-style small "Twin Flowers" SAKA-GUNOME and CHOJI figures are strafed  with KINSUJI and SUNAGASHI. 

BOSHI is HOSO Swept KINSUJI to a slight KAERI at the SAKI. 

Two MEKUGI-ANA O-SURIAGE NAKAGO is signed along the MUNE at the very  bottom.
            TACHI-URA MEI: SUKETSUNA

2nd SUKEFUSA School
SUKESADA BUN-EI (t: SUKEZANE): TOGENJI. Also signed: NORISADA.
        Reference describes pieces from EI-NIN 1293 to TOKU-JI 
        1306. Early: Wide style TACHI, later: late-KAMAKURA 
        gentle FUNBARI upper. ITAME has JI-NIE and UTSURI. 
        KO-NIE CHOJI-MIDARE. Fancy OBUSA ICHIMONJI HAMON falls
        from style toward the late-KAMAKURA transition when 
        sedate SUGUHA with ASHI or SUGU CHOJI BA debuts. 
        Small, two-character MEI.

SUKETOKI EI-NIN (t: SUKESADA): Moved to YAMANOUCHI in KA-GEN 1303.

SUKENAGA KA-GEN (t: SUKESADA):

SUKEYASU SHO-WA (f: SUKENAGA): In BIZEN and SAGAMI.

YOSHIYUKI KEM-MU (f: IYEMURA): Learned his craft from the SOSHU
        YAMANOUCHI SUKEZANE Group. MOKUME. KO-CHOJI MIDARE BA. 
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