Appraisal Quiz : #355

Previous answer is
Soji Chikuzen Daijyo Fujiwara Naotane (Kao)/Kouka 4nen 2 gatsu Hi

Special Feature: Naotane was born in 1778 or 1779 at Yamagata City.
Considering from his tytle Taikei, his birthday is possibly15th July. His real name was Shoji Minobei.
He went to Edo and become a pupil of Suishinshi Masahide. Around 1812, the Akimoto family
in Yamagata province retained Naotane. In 1821, he got a title of Chikuzen-daijo.
In 1848, he stepped up to the Mino (No) Kami. As building up a solid reputation,
he got many invitations to make 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 especially good at Bizen-den and the Soshu-den.
His swords are ranked at the highest rank called Saijo-saku in the last days
of the Tokugawa shogunate. Especially his swords made in the Tempo Era (1830 to 1843)
called tempo-uchi are highly appreciated as his best examples attained maturity.
This sword is rather slender elegant shape which remind us Ichimonji style.
Especially fine jigane with utsuri and gunome choji midare hamon with thick nioikuchi
and soft feeling Habuchi is extraordinary

Appraisal Quiz #355 (August 12th, 2015)
Who made this sword do you think ?


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Blade length : 75.6 cm or 29.76 inches.
Sori : 1.3 cm or 0.51 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.91 cm or 1.14 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.07 cm or 0.81 inches.
Kasane : 0.88 cm or 0.34 inches.
Shape : Regular width, thick long blade. There are Bo-Hi on both side.
Ubu Nakago.
Jitetsu : Ko-Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attached.
There Ohada around Habaki era.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Gunome Midare and Choji Midare mixed, deep Nioukuchi.
There are Sunagashi. Boshi is Ko-maru around shape.


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