Wakizashi : Taikei Naotane/Bunka 1nen 2 gatsu hi (February 1804)
Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper)
Signature : Taikei Naotane
Bunka 1nen 2 gatsu hi (February 1804)
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 46.95 cm or 18.48 inches.
Sori : 0.9 cm or 0.35 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.71 cm or 1.46 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.99cm or 1.17 inches.
Kasane : 0.88 cm or 0.34 inches.
Era : Edo period, around Bunka era(1804-1818).
Shape : Wide and thick Wakizashi. There are Bo-Hi, Koshi-Hi and Soe-Hi on both side.
Jitetsu : Koitame hada well grained with jinie attached. There is fine chikei works.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Gunome Midare with rather deep Nioiguchi.
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 blade is wide and thick heavy Wakizashi.
We recommend this wakizashi very much.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.