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YAMATO




YAMATO SHIKKAKE - NORINAGA School 
Technical: SUGATA - TACHI of high SHINOGI, wide SHINOGI-JI, and
                    thin MUNE. Longish KISSAKI.  
             HADA - KO-MOKUME with MASAME on the HA. There is 
                    CHIKEI and JI-NIE. 
            HAMON - CHU-SUGUHA, SUGU KO-MIDARE KO-GUNOME in NIE.
                    TAMAGAKI "String of Beads" pattern. HOTSURE.
                    KINSUJI and NIJUBA. KO-ASHI and YO.
            BOSHI - SUGU KO-MARU. Little or no KAERI. HAKIKAKE.
           NAKAGO - Signed with town, school and name.

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NORIHIRO KEN-JI 1275                                 
   |____________________ __________________ _____________       
___|____  -brothers- ___|____           ___|____      ___|____
NORINAGA(1)          NORINARI           SUKEHIRO      HIROMURA
   | SHO-O 1288         | GEN-KYO 1321  EN-KEI 1308   SHO-O 1288
   |        ____________|_____________________ 
   |    ___|____     ___|____              ___|____             
   |    NORIZANE     NORIHIRO TEI-JI 1362  SUKEKUNI TEI-WA 1345 
   |    TEI-JI 1362  ___|____              ___|____             
   |                 SUKENAGA O-EI 1394    IYEMITSU EI-TOKU 1381
   |         ________                      _________
   |         NORIKUNI EN-BUN 1356          NAGAMITSU TEI-WA 1345              
   |_________________________        
___|____                  ___|___    ________
NORINAGA(2) RYAKU-O 1338  NORIUJI    SUKENAGA RYAKU-O 1338
   |_____________________________________________     
___|____               ___|____               ____|____
NORINAGA(3) O-EI 1394  SUKEHIRO EI-TOKU 1381  SUKEYOSHI O-EI 1394
___|____               ___|___                 ________
NORINAGA(4)           HIRONAO EI-TOKU 1381    SUKENARI O-EI 1394
EI-KYO 1429

_________                   _______                  ________
SUKESHIGE O-EI 1394         NORINAO O-AN 1368        SUKENARI 
________                    _______                  BUN-MEI 1469
NORISADA EI-KYO 1429        NORINAO O-EI 1394 
________                    ________           
NORINAGA EI-SHO 1504        SUKEHIRA SHO-CHO 1428
  (YAMASHIRO JU)

NORINAGA(1) SHO-O (f: NORIHIRO): TAROZAEMON. 17 years old in 
        SHO-O. Made TACHI, NAGINATA, KANMURI-OTOSHI and SHOBU 
        TANTO. Raised and wide SHINOGI. MASAME HADA with JI-NIE
        and CHIKEI. May show YUBASHIRI. The complex SUGUHA has a
        delicate feeling. SUGU NIJU GUNOME KO-MIDARE in NIE. 
        HOTSURE dapples along the HABUCHI much like SHIMA-BA. 
        NIJU-like structures from SUNAGASHI and KINSUJI. BOSHI is
        a NIJU SUGU with KAEN HAKIKAKE or MIDARE-KOMI but usually
        "Swept."
    MEI: YAMATO NORINAGA
         YAMATO NORINAGA SAKU
         YAMATO SHIKKAKE JU NORINAGA SAKU
         YAMATO-no-KUNI SHIKKAKE JU NORINAGA SAKU


Norinaga - Kokuho

Norinaga Tachi - Kokuho
Nagasa: 72.1cm
Moto-Haba: 2.8cm


Shinog-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, Niku-Tsuki, Chu-Kissaki.
Ko-Itame Hada with Ji-Nie.
Gunome Ko-Midare Ba with Ashi-iri in deep Nioi-Fukashi and Ko-Nie.
Boshi Notare becomes Kuzure, while Ura is Yakizme.
Suriage Nakago has two Mekugi-ana. Signed in the Ji at the Jiri.

  Yamato Norinaga

































BUNKAZAI NORINAGA

BUNKAZAI NORINAGA

NAGASA: 70.6cm    SORI: 3.3cm

Once with greater curve, this SURIAGE TACHI has raised SHINOGI and IHORI- MUNE. It's broad strength climbs to a CHU-KISSAKI.

Standing MASAME HADA has JI-NIE.

KO-NOTARE with KO-GUNOME MIDARE BA finds NIJUBA in the MONOUCHI. SUNAGASHI  streams under fine KO-NIE.

MIDARE-KOMI BOSHI sees HAKIKAKE YAKIZUME KAERI.

Two MEKUGI-ANA, SURIAGE NAKAGO has been constructed with HA-AGARI JIRI.  The original ANA resides next to his MEI which is cut through the "SAKU."
                                 YAMATO NORINAGA SAKU









































Bunkazai Norinaga

NAGASA: 73.6cm    SORI: 2.0cm

SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE, SURIAGE TACHI has raised SHINOGI and  CHU-KISSAKI.

ITAME has MASAME HADA with strong JI-NIE.

CHU-SUGU width KO-GUNOME of KO-ASHI has UCHI-NOKE shaped HOTSURE spreading  from the tops. ASHI "feet" run high and low and NIE NIJUBA dots and runs  above the HABUCHI.

SANJU HAKIKAKE BOSHI runs YAKIZUME.

KIRI cut SURIAGE NAKAGO has two MEKUGI-ANA and signed at the bottom:          
YAMATO NORINAGA SAKU




Shikkake Norinaga - Kokuho

Shikkake Norinaga - Kokuho
Nagasa: 74.4cm
Moto-Haba: 2.8cm

Shinog-Tsukuri, Ihori-Mune, Chu-Kissaki.
Masame, Itame mix Hada with Ji-Nie.
Gunome Ko-Midare Ba with Ashi-iri in deep Nioi-Fukashi and Nie that becomes Ara-Nie. Sunagashi and Kinsuji attend pulling Niju through the tops.
Midare-Komi Hakikake Boshi becomes Kuzure, Ura is Togari, Omote is Yakizme.
Suriage Haagri Kurijiri Nakago has two Mekugi-ana. Signed in the Ji against the Mune.

  Yamato Norinaga


YAMATO SHIKKAKE School
NORINAGA(2) RYAKU-O: Worked in the later years of the 1st and in
        his style.
    MEI: YAMATO NORINAGA SAKU
         YAMATO-no-KUNI SHIKKAKE NORINAGA
         YAMATO SAKON-no-SUKE NORINAGA SAKU

NORINAGA(3) O-EI: SUGU KO-MIDARE or GUNOME HA with NIE-KUZURE.
    MEI: NORINAGA SAKU
         YAMATO SHIKKAKE NORINAGA SAKU

NORINAGA(4) EI-KYO: SUGUHA and GUNOME patterns.
    MEI: NORINAGA
         NORINAGA SAKU

NORINARI GEN-KYO (br: NORINAGA): KO-NIE DEKI GUNOME-MIDARE having
        NIE-KUZURE. NIJUBA. Style of his brother.
    MEI: NORINARI
         YAMATO-no-KUNI JU NORINARI

HIROMURA SHO-O (f: SENJUIN SHIGEMURA, t: SHIKKAKE NORIHIRO): He
        lived and studied in YAMASHIRO, marrying KUNIYUKI's 
        daughter, and brought SHIKKAKE and RAI teachings to HIGO.
        One of the great arguments of modern sword study wrestles
        the proposition of the origins of RAI. HIROMURA's father,
        SENJUIN SHIGEMURA is noted for his MUTSU, MOKUSA roots. 
        RAI School changes YAKIBA style from the strong, 
        boisterous GUNOME-CHOJI of Two-characters KUNITOSHI to 
        the Three-characters RAI KUNITOSHI SUGUHA of SHO-O 1288,
        famous to the long line of students, KUNIMITSU, RYOKAI, 
        MITSUKANE, etc. 
        It is held that the "Coming" RAI School source is KOREAN
        forging techniques "coming" via MUTSU. It could very simply
be the new style coming from Sanji Rai Kunitoshi. HIROMURA
and his son, KUNIMURA, were the orchestrators of ENJU.          ENJU is finely worked SHIRA-KERU colored steel with a,          presumed, RAI rooted CHU-SUGUHA. HIROMURA is thought to          span the time frame from RAI KUNIYUKI's SHO-GEN 1259 to          Three-character RAI KUNITOSHI's SHO-O 1288 SUGUHA          dominance. See
YAMASHIRO RAI and HIGO      MEI: HIROMURA NAGAMITSU TEI-WA: MASAME. NIJU SUGU with ASHI. HIGAKI YASURI.     MEI: NAGAMITSU SUKEHIRO EI-TOKU (t: NORINAGA): MASAME with JI-NIE. KO-NIE SUGU          KO-GUNOME HA with HAKIKAKE and SUNAGASHI. SUKEHIRO(1)          EN-KEI 1308 was pupil of NORIHIRO.     MEI: WASHU SHIKKAKE SUKEHIRO HIRONAO EI-TOKU (f: SUKEHIRO): Worked through O-EI. ITAME of          MASAME. MIDARE HA.     MEI: YAMATO-no-KUNI HIRONAO SUKEYOSHIO-EI (t:NORINAGA): SUGU HOTSURE BA and GUNOMEHA with         ASHI-IRI.     MEI: YAMATO-no-KUNI SUKEYOSHI SAKU SUKEHIRA SHO-CHO: MASAME. KO-NIE DEKI SUGUHA with HOTSURE. SUGU         GUNOME KO-MIDARE. HAKIKAKE BOSHI.     MEI: WASHU JU SUKEHIRA
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