Wakizahi in Shirasaya (NBTHK Hozon paper)
Signature: Taikei Naotane Kao
Tenpo 10 nen chusyu
Sayagaki: Taikei Naotane Tenpo10 shuki ari kore Suishinshi Masahide no Teisho seru
Fukko Zohoron wo Jissen seru saku sunawachi Bizen den Nakanzuku Osafune Kagemitsu ni narau mono nari.
deki yoroshiku Doko no Giryo no Takasa okoru Kiyosa wa hyouji seri
Hacho 1syaku 5sun 1bu amari aru kore Tsuchinoe-ne Kisaragi Jokan Tanzan Shirusu Kao
Translation: Taikei Naotane Tenpo10.
This blade is the work which has been practiced restoration method proposed by Suishinshi Masahide. Especially, this blade made like Osafune Kagemitsu. This blade represents well the height of the workmanship. blade length about 45.8cm early in February 2008 by Mr. Tanobe.
The blade was polished .
Blade length : 45.8 cm or 18.03 inches.
Sori : 0.8 cm or 0.31 inches.
Width at the hamachi : 2.43 cm or 0.95inches.
Wide at the Kissaki : 1.61 cm or 0.63 inches.
Kasane : 0.60 cm or 0.23 inches.
Era : Edo period Tenpo era.
Shape : The blade is regular sized nice looking shape.
Jitetsu :Koitame hada well grained with Jinie attach.
Hamon : Niedeki Gunome midare and Cyoji midare hamon convined with long Ashi work.
Special feature : Naotane, 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 blade is a copy of Bizen Kanemitsu.
Both Jigane and Hamon are wonderful.
NBTHK Hozon paper :
Aoi Art estimatin paper : whole Oshigata.