Sukenaga was a well-known shinshinto smith, who was rated as Jo-Saku in Fujishiro. He was born in 1795 and was the son of the famous Yokoyama tosho Sukehira, becoming the mainline Yokoyama successor since the first son Yokoyama Sukemori was adopted into the Sukesada line. Sukenaga’s most active working period was in Tenpo (1830-1844). He was valued at 2.8 million yen in the Toko Taikan. Many of Sukenaga’s swords are signed with the kanji ICHI and a kiku mon (chrysanthemum). He also appended the inscription ‘Tomonari go ju roku dai mago’ which translates as the 56th generation lineage from Tomonari.

Mei: Yokoyama Kaga (no) Suke Fujiwara Sukenaga – Kiku Ichi Bizen Osafune ju
Nagasa: 69.53cm
Hamon: Choji gonome midare
Jihada: Itame
Kanteisho: Juho Token Kenkyu Kai

Mei: Yokoyama Kaga (no) Suke Fujiwara Sukenaga – Kiku Ichi Bizen Osafune ju
Nagasa: 45.7cm
Hamon: slanting toran-ba
Jihada: Ko-itame
Kanteisho: Juho Token Kenkyu Kai

I have attached photos and oshigata (not mine) of these two blades. I examined both swords in hand and they are of excellent quality. I have been fortunate to handled a number of Yokoyama blades over the years. I would place the katana near the top of those examples, in terms of quality.

The katana has a nice koshirae included while the wakizashi is in shirasaya. The fuchi is in shakudo nanako of kiri-mon and karakusa (vines). The tsuba is signed Nobuie, but obviously not from one of the famous tsuba-ko using that mei. It would not be difficult to find a similar fuchi and menuki if one were to make a project of completing this set as a closely matching daisho.






Sukenaga 1

Sukenaga 2

Sukenaga 3




Sukenaga Waki 1

Sukenaga waki 2

Sukenaga wakizashi