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Shinshinto Suketsugu Katana
A freshly polished large shinshinto katana by a fairly rare smith, Nakayama Suketsugu, about whom little is known. Signed, Hizen Hirado Ju Nakayama Suketsugu, dated Keio san nen hachi gatsu hi (a day in August 1867) Shingizukure, iroi mune, chu kissaki. Hawatare: 2 shaku 3 sun 7 bu 6 rin (72 cm or 28.35"). Motohaba: 3.29 cm. Sakihaba: 2.07 cm. Kasane: 6.6 mm. The ko nie based hamon is an extremely hade choji midare within a gunome, ashi, yo, hotsure, kinsuji, sunagashi, gifu. There are features similar to imozuru, usually associated with Satsuma work, toward the front of the blade, nado. There is a long yakidashi. The jigane is a itame nagare, jinie and long chikei, masame in the shinogiji, nado. There is one small tate ware along a horizontal string of nie (see bottom picture). New Japanese polish, shirasaya, and one piece gold foil habaki. NTHK Kanteisho rate of 70 points. Which a very strong rating.
Features similar to Imozuru
The jigane only appears rough because I had to adjust the pictures to make the hamon stand out.
Hizen Hirado Ju Nakayama Suketsugu / Keio san nen hachi gatsu hi
Extremity small tate ware along a string of nie just ahead of the yakidashi.