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YAMATO TEGAI KANENAGA School  * The Brightly Burning Beacon *



Technical: SUGATA - Early blades can be KOSHIZORI with FUNBARI. 
                    Later: SORI becomes shallow. Raised SHINOGI. 
                    Thin and raised MUNE. Thick blades.
             HADA - Fine KO-ITAME - MOKUME mixed. MASAME on the 
                    SHINOGI and in the SHINOGI-JI. Bright JI-NIE.
            HAMON - SUGUHA with UCHINOKE. SUGU KO-MIDARE HOTSURE.
                    GUNOME-MIDARE or NOKO-like GUNOME in NIE with
                    KO-ASHI. NIJUBA can create an over-lapping 
                    effect where lines interlink. INAZUMA and 
                    KINSUJI along the line of HAMON. 
            BOSHI - Some KAEN and HAKIKAKE, mostly KO-MARU with
                    YAKI-ZUMI - little or no turnback.
           NAKAGO - Mostly SURIAGE (cut down).       


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KANENAGA(1) (KANETOSHI) SHO-O 1288  TEGAI Founder
   |_____________ __________________________ _____________
___|____     ____|____                  ____|___      ____|____
KANENAGA(2)  KANETSUGU(1) MONJUSHIRO    KANEKIYO(1)   KANEYOSHI
   |         KANESADA                   KANEKIYO      KANEZANE(2)
   |         KANETSUGU                  KANETSUGU     KANEYUKI(4)
   |
   |
   |____________ ___________ ____________ ____________
___|____    ____|____    ___|____     ___|____     ___|____
KANENAGA(3) KANETOSHI(1) KANENAGA(1)  KANESADA(1)  KANEYUKI
   |        KANETOSHI    KANENAGA     KANESADA     KANEYUKI
   |        KANEKIYO(3)                            KANETOSHI
   |
   |
   |_________________ _____________
___|____         ____|___      ____|____ 
KANENAGA(4)      KANEZANE(1)   KANEMITSU(1) 
                 KANESHIGE     KANEMITSU
                 SUKENAGA      KANEYUKI
                               KANEKUNI

YAMATO TEGAI - KANENAGA 1
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KANENAGA(1) (KANETOSHI) SHO-O 1288  TEGAI Founder
    |_________________________ _________________________________
____|____                 ____|___                              |
KANETSUGU(1) MONJUSHIRO   KANEKIYO(1) KA-REKI 1326              |
    | KA-REKI 1326            |____________                     |
    |                     ____|___     ____|____                | 
    |                     KANEKIYO(2)  KANETSUGU(2) TEI-WA 1345 | 
    |                     TEI-WA 1345  ____|____                |
    |                                  KANETSUGU(3) O-AN 1368   |
    |                                  ____|____                |
    |                                  KANETSUGU(4) O-EI 1394   |
    |                __________________________ ________________|
    |           ____|____                   ___|_____
    |           KANEYOSHI(1) KA-REKI 1326   KUNITSUGU KEM-MU 1334 
    |     __________|____                    
    |     ZENJO KANEYOSHI(2) KO-RYAKU 1379   
    |               |___________________________
    |           ____|____                    ___|____   
    |           KANEYOSHI(3) O-EI 1394       KANEZANE(2)
    |            ___|____                    O-EI 1394  
    |            KANEYUKI(4) KA-KICHI 1441
    |____________________________________
____|___                   ______________|____    
KANESADA(1) EI-TOKU 1381   HARIMA JU KANETSUGU    
____|___                           KEM-MU 1334
KANESADA(2) O-EI 1394 
KANENAGA(1) SHO-O: HEIZABURO. Founded TEGAI at the TENGAIMON Gate
        of TODAIJI Temple in NARA. The vibrancy KANENAGA created,
        fueled the work and energy for generations of the school
        that grew around him.He carried the raised SHINOGI and 
        wide SHINOGI-JI as a TEGAI banner. Mid-KAMAKURA SUGATA. 
        KISSAKI is medium IKUBI "Boar's Neck" style. KO-MOKUME 
        runs with MASAME HADA in which CHIKEI is found. There is
        strong JI-NIE. SUGU KO-MIDARE, CHU-SUGUHA with ASHI or 
        ASAKI-NOTARE KO-MIDARE GUNOME HA, also called TAMA-GAKI
        "String of Pearls." TAMA-GAKI is associated, too, with 
        SHIKKAKE NORINAGA, another SHO-O era YAMATO peer. Loud 
        KANENAGA statements: NIJUBA with HOTSURE, strong 
        SUNAGASHI and KINSUJI. Wide YAKIBA shows strong ARA-NIE
        in NIE-FUKASHI. NIE-HAKIKAKE BOSHI sweeps to YAKIZUME 
        with the grain. It has been noted that the NIE-KUZURE 
        KUICHIGAI effects habited by this and other YAMATO smiths
        is the YAKIBA being pulled by the traces of MASAME HADA.
        Two-character MEI on the NAKAGO SHINOGI-JI where the 
        center "River" stroke of the NAGA character strikes long,
        as does the right side "fifth" stroke. The first and 
        second stroke sit horizontal and parallel like a hat. 
        The vertical center stroke of SHO-DAI is expected to 
        reach, but not extend through, the second stroke. This 
        differentiates from NI-DAI. 
                MEI: KANENAGA

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Tegai Kanenaga
Nagasa: 68.8cm
Sori: 1.7cm
Moto-haba: 2.85cm
Saki-haba: 1.95cm
Kissaki-naga: 2.5cm
Nakago: 16.3cm

Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, raised Shinogi-taka to Chu-Kissaki.
Itame is mixed with Masame and there is JiNie.
Sugu, gently undulating Asaki-Notare Ko-Gunome that is an uneven Midare in Ko-Nie. Sunagashi streams in the Habuchi.
Sugu Komaru Boshi is Hakikake to Yakizume.
O-Suriage Nakago has three Mekugi-ana.




KOKUHO KANENAGA













KOKUHO KANENAGA                                National Treasure
NAGASA: 2 SHAKU 4 SUN 3.8 BU 
SORI: 9 BU
NAKAGO: 6.5 SUN
MOTO-HABA: 9 BU
SAKI-HABA: 6 BU

SHINOGI-TSUKURI,IHORI-MUNE TACHI. Raised SHINOGI and wide SHINOGI-JI. Mid-KAMAKURA SUGATA with a gentle FUNBARI that retains width in the MONOUCHI. Medium IKUBI-style CHU-KISSAKI. The balance of form is perfection. 

Running ITAME with MASAME showing JI-NIE. 

The word "Yaki-ba" describes this conflagration in steel. Long, arcing KINSUJI traverse twisting ribbons of NIJUBA and "Smoke" HOTSURE. Blown and standing HOTSURE interlaces with SHIMA-BA suspended over and along the multi-layered HABUCHI. The storm rises in the upper as HOTSURE and SHIMA-BA reach high into the JI. Clear NIOI-FUKASHI smears stubborn KO-ASHI as it floods to the HA. UCHINOKE is dragged apart.

BOSHI is a relaxed but shattered HOSO-SUGU with NIJU and HAKIKAKE at the KAERI. A wide-spreading HOTSURE expands over the KISSAKI from dotting SHIMA-BA in the MONOUCHI. 

The well-shaped SURIAGE NAKAGO has four MEKUGI-ANA and his two-character MEI: 
                                                                                              KANENAGA



BUNKAZAI KANENAGA



























NAGASA: 69.8cm 
  SORI: 1.8cm

SHINOGI-TSUKURI, IHORI-MUNE with raised and wide SHINOGI tapers to CHU-KISSAKI. 

Running ITAME HADA has JI-NIE. 

An HOTURE strafed ASAKI-NOTARE pushes GUNOME in soft rises. ASHI falls while KINSUJI defines, and UCHI-NOKE hovers above. NIE becomes ARA. 

BOSHI is NOTARE-KOMI with KINSUJI and HAKIKAKE that runs in YAKIZUME. Small KO-MARU is inferred on the URA.

SURIAGE NAKAGO has two MEKUGI-ANA and signed near the MUNE:
                                                                    KANENAGA



Tokyo National Museum

Tegai Kanenaga
Nagasa: 70.8cm

Sori: 2.1cm


YAMATO TEGAI KANENAGA
KANEYOSHI(1) KA-REKI (f: KANENAGA 1): KANE form: HO "Wrap." 
From KA-REKI 1326 to RYAKU-O 1338. One theory             has both KANETSUGU and KANEYOSHI signatures from the             same man,others deny this. MOKUME with MASAME. SUGU             O-GUNOME HA.     MEI: KANEYOSHI KANEYOSHI(2) KO-RYAKU: ZENJO Founder. Transferred to MINO and             found the SEKI ZENJO. See MINO. Work from O-AN 1368 to             EI-TOKU 1381. KO-ITAME. KO-NIE DEKI SUGUHA or stronger             O-GUNOME MIDARE of NIE. Also called TAKIO. See ZENJO     MEI: KANEYOSHI          TAKIO KANEYOSHI          YAMATO-no-KUNI JU FUJIWARA KANEYOSHI KANEZANE(2) O-EI (f: KANEZANE, t: KANEYOSHI): Worked through the         O-EI. KUICHIGAI and NIJUBA sweep KO-NIE GUNOME where          UCHINOKE-like HOTSURE pull from the line.      MEI: KANEZANE KANEYOSHI(3) O-EI: SUGU HOTSURE BA. Moved to MINO.     MEI: KANEYOSHI KANEYUKI(4) KA-KICHI (t: KANEYOSHI): KA-KICHI 1441 to BUN-AN 1444         work period. SUGU KO-GUNOME KO-NOTARE. Shows HAKIKAKE.     MEI: KANEYUKI


YAMATO TEGAI KANENAGA School - MONJUSHIRO KANETSUGU

KANETSUGU(1) KA-REKI (f: KANENAGA 1): MONJU Group founder. SHIRO,         the forth son from MONJU BOSATSU. Signed MONJU-SHIRO.          Work from BUN-PO 1317 to RYAKU-O 1338. SHINOGI-TSUKURI,         IHORI-MUNE,CHU-KISSAKI. KO-MOKUME MASAME with JI-NIE.          SUGUHA with ASHI. CHU-SUGU NIJUBA in KO-NIE.     MEI: KANETSUGU KANESADA(1) EI-TOKU(f: MONJUSHIRO KANETSUGU): SADA form: TING.           MONJU Group. MASAME. NIJU-SUGU KUICHIGAI BA of KO-NIE.     MEI: KANESADA KANEKIYO(1) KA-REKI (f: KANENAGA 1): Made HIRA-TSUKURI, UCHI-ZORI         MITSU-MUNE TANTO. Running MASAME veiled in JI-NIE and          NIE-UTSURI. HADA shows CHIKEI.          Shallow NOTARE KO-GUNOME HA in KO-NIE and NIOI. SUNAGASHI         and KINSUJI.         BOSHI runs TOGARI on the grain, with HAKIKAKE-KAERI.          KURIJIRI NAKAGO with HIGAKI YASURI.      MEI: KANEKIYO KANETSUGU(2) TEI-WA (f:KANEKIYO): SUGUHA, SUGU NIJU mix. Some say         this man was KANEKIYO(2). 3rd & 4th follow.     MEI: YAMATO-no-KUNI JU KANETSUGU


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Tegai Kanenaga
Nagasa: 72.5cm

Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, Shinogi-taka to Ko-Kissaki.
Tightly knit Ko-Mokume is running with Masame and has JiNie and Chikei.
Generally Sugu has a gentle Asaki-Notare that rises in the upper.
The line is swept defuse with Kinsuji, Sunagashi and Nie Hakikake.
Hakikake Boshi.
O-Suriage Nakago has two Mekugi-ana.





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