Order number : 16570
Wakizashi in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper) (consignment sale)
Signature : Taikei Naotane (Kao)
Bunka 14 Nen Chushu
Shinshinto : Saijosaku
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jojo saku ranking.
The blade is polished after NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Shinsa in March 2016.
Habaki : Silver foiled single copper Habaki
Blade length : 39.9 cm or 15.7 inches.
Sori : 1.2 cm or 0.47 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the Hamachi : 2.99 cm or 1.17 inches.
Kasane : 0.67 cm or 0.26 inches.
Era : Edo period Bunka era (1817)
Shape : Regular sized Wakizashi with Unokubi style with dragon and Bonji (siddham script) engraved.
Jigane : Masame-hada well grained Jinie attached clear Jigane.
Hamon : Suguha with Notare mixed. Sunagashi and Kinsuji work well. Boshi turns round shape.
Special Feature : Naotane was born at Uzen province at Yamagata prefecture on 1778. His secular name was Shoji Minobei.
He became a disciple of Suishinshi Masahide and at around 1812m he started to serve to Akimoto clan,
the Daimyo of Tatebayashi province in Gunma prefecture.
He studied Bizen-den, Soshu-den and others, and forged many great swords.
He was the Saijosaku top swordsmith at end of Edo period.
There are only 10 Shinshinto blades designated as Tangible Cultural Properties of Japan.
3 of 10, are forged by Naotane. Other 4 are Kiyomaro, 2 are Sa Yukihide and 1 is Suishinshi Masahide.
After Naotane got honored he got invited from many Daimyo and forged so many blades at any places in Japan.
He made Toranba blades like his master at first, and then made Shuguha style of each Yamato-den, Soshu-den, Mino-den and Yamashiro-den.
Naotane started his trial to revive Koto blades with his master when he got mid aged.
Beofre Naotane passed away in 1857, aged 79, many disciples studied from Naotane such like JiroTaro Naokatsu, Suishinshi Masatsugu and others.
This blade is forged Yamato-den style with engravements having Buddhism meaning,
following the ancient Yamato-den swordmiths made the swords for temples and shrines.
We recommend this great work of Shinshinto Saijo saku swordsmith.
After NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Shinsa in March 2016, the blade is polished to widen the Ha.
NBTHK Tokubetus Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.