Previous answer is
Satsuyo shi Motohira/Anei 10 nen Kanotomi 2 gatsu hi (February 1781)
Special feature : Satsuma province produced excellent swordsmiths under the patronage of the Shimazu family.
Motohira, born as a son of retaind swordsmith Oku Motonao in 1744 was a representative swordsmith in early Shin-to period.
Motohira succeeded the headship of family in 1777 and was appointed Yamato (No) Kami in 1789.
His younger brothers Mototake and Motoyasu were also excellent swordsmith
and their collaboration still survives. Motohira passed away in 1826, aged 83.
This blade was made in 1781 at the age of 37.
Appraisal Quiz #312 (October 10th, 2014)
Who made this sword do you think ?
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Blade length : 27.2cm or 10.70 inches.
Sori : 0.3cm or 0.11 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.7cm or 1.06 inches.
Kasane : 0.51cm or 0.20 inches.
Shape : It is wide and thick, mitsumune style sunnobi tanto with some sori.
Jitetsu :Itame hada with masame hada around the katana and mune.
Hamon : Ko notare gunome midare with sunagashi with Nie.
It is hitatsura style with much tobiyaki.
Nakago: Ubu, Kurijiri. There is some yasurime. Nakago is rather short.
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