Appraisal Quiz #782

Previous answer is
 Bunka 13Nen Chuchu (Mid-Autumn ,1816)
Dewa Kuni Junin Taikei Shoji Naotane Kaō

Special feature : Naotane, was born in Uzen province in Ansei 7(1778 ).
His real name was Syoji Minobei. He went to Edo and became a pupil of
Suishinshi Masahide and he also served Akimoto family.
Naotane got the title Chikuzen-Daijo in Ansei 4(1821)
and stepped up to the Mino Kami in Kaei 1(2848).
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 Ansei 4 (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 forged
in the Tempo era (1830 to 1844) called Tempo-uchi are highly
appreciated as his best examples attained maturity.

Appraisal Quiz #782 (February 17th, 2024)
Who made this sword do you think ?


Blade Length: 2 Shaku 3 Sun (69.7 cm or 27.44 inches).
Curvature: 0.5 Sun (1.515 cm or 0.596 inches).
Mekugi Hole: 1.
Width at Base: 3.2 cm (1.26 inches).
Width at the Tip: 2.19 cm (0.86 inches).
Thickness of rim (Kasane): 0.7 cm (0.28 inches).
Sword Weight: 775 grams.
Shape: The blade has a relatively wide body with a thick kasane and an extended kissaki, presenting a well-proportioned form.
Jigane: The skin is a fine ko-itame hada, tightly packed, resulting in an excellent jigane.
Hamon: The temper line is a tumultuous Doran-ha with a deep nioi-guchi from the hamon area, transitioning to a straight pattern with deep nioi-guchi leading into large gunome-midare. The spaces between the choji are filled with sunagashi and kinsuji.


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