Ordering number : 14180 (Consignment Sale)
Tanto in Shirasaya (NBTHK Hozon Paper) (Consignment sale)
Signature: 76 Okina Fujiwara Naotane
Kaei Mizunoto Ushi Senshu Banzai (1853)
The blade was polished.
Habaki: Gold Foiled Habaki
Blade length : 25.3cm or 9.96 inches.
Sori : 0cm or 0 inches.
Width at the hamachi : 2.43cm or 0.95 inches.
Kasane : 0.59 cm or 0.23 inches.
Era : Late Edo period. Kaei 5nen. 1853
Shape : It is wide and thick strong looking tanto.
Jitetsu : Koitame hada well grained.
It is easily mistaken with Yamashiro sword for the clear jigane.
Hamon : Konie base suguha with ashi
and koashi well attached. It is bright with soft habuchi.
Special feature : Naotane was born Shoji Minobei in about 1778 at Yamagata in Dewa province.
He went to Edo and become a student of Suishinshi Masahide.
The Akimoto family in Yamagata province retained Naotane around about 1812.
Naotane got the title Chikuzen-Daijo in 1821and stepped up to the Mino (No) Kami in 1848.
Naotane passed away in 1857, aged 79.
Naotane could make a variety of styles: Bizen-den, Soshu-den, Yamashiro-den
and Yamato-den. He was good at Soshu-den in particular.
His swords are ranked at the highest rank called Saijo-saku in the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate.
This sword was made when Naotane was 76 years old. It is a true masterpiece. We highly recommend the sword.
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimatin paper : whole Oshigata.
Price : 1,250,000 JPY- (including shipping and 100% insurance fee)