Appraisal Quiz : #387

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Taikei Naotane/Bunka 1nen 2 gatsu hi (February 1804)

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.

Appraisal Quiz #387 (May 13th, 2016)
Who made this sword do you think ?


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Blade length : 46.4 cm or 18.26 inches.
Sori : 1.2 cm or 0.47 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.05 cm or 1.20 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.30 cm or 0.90 inches.
Kasane : 0.62 cm or 0.24 inches.
Shape :The blade is rather wide and thick with deeper sori nice looking shape.
Jitetsu :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach beautiful Oosaka texture.
Hamon : Niedeki sudareba hamon bright and elegant texture.
Boshi is round shape with a Tamayaki along with round shape hamon.


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