Wakizashi in Shirasaya, with Koshirae (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper)
Signature : Taikei Naotane Kao
Tenpo 9 nen chushun (1838)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Naotane belongs to Saijyo saki ranking.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki : Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length : 45.5 cm or 17.91 inches.
Sori : 0.9 cm or 0.35 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.7 cm or 1.06 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.95 cm or 0.76 inches.
Kasane : 0.6 cm or 0.23 inches.
Era : Late Edo period Tenpo era.
Shape : The blade is regular size wakizashi.
Jitetsu : Koitame had quite well with jinie.
Hamon : Nioideki Cyoji midair and Gunome midair mixed and inside of the Hamon, nice kinsuji work.The hamon is very nice Nioikuch and soft habuchi.
Special feature : Naotane, born Shoji Minobei in 1778 or 1779 at Yamagata in Dewa province, considering from his title Taikei used at a later date, his birthday is possibly 15th July, went to Edo and become a pupil of Suishinshi Masahide.
The Akimoto family in Yamagata province retained Naotane around 1812.
Naotane got the title Chikuzen-Daijo in 1821and stepped up to the Mino (No) Kami in 1848. As building up a solid reputation, he got many invitations to forge sword in various places.
He added the name of place to inscribe the signature. 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 Bizen-den and Soshu-den in particular. His swords are ranked at the highest rank called Saijo-saku in the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate.
Especially his swords forged in the Tempo era (1830 to 1844) called Tempo-uchi are highly appreciated as his best examples attained maturity.
This Hamon of the wakizashi looks morning mist which create soft Habuchi and ash.
In the Hamon, a long kinsuji is beautiful.
The blade was forged at Tenpo era which is the most active Naotane’s hamon.
We strongly recommend this marvelous sword.
Tsuba : On the syakudo nanako kick flower design, kick family crest are engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira : Fiche : On the syakudo ishimeji plate, some designe is engraved. Kashira is made of Horn
Saya : Black ishimeji saya.
Menuki : On the syakudo nanako plate, Kiri family crests are engraved with gold color.
Kozuka : On the syakudo nanako plate, some flower is engraved by gold foiled. Komino or Kogoto school.
Kogatana : Cyosyu Jyu Nio Masakiyo.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.