Ordering number : 18525
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Hozon Paper)(Consignment Sale)
Signature : 73 Okina Shoji Mino Suke Fujiwara Naotane (Kao)
Kaei 4 Nen 8 Gatsu Kichijitsu (Kokuin, Sukekawa)
Sayagaki: Shoji Mino Suke Fujiwara Naotame,
The blade was made at 1852, August lucky day age 73 years.
Blade length is 75.1cm. Written by Tanobe.
Shinshinto:Saijyo saku ranking: Musashi
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki :gold wrapp and silver double habaki.
Blade length : 75.1cm or 29.56 inches.
Sori :1.2cm or 0.47 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.80 cm or 1.10 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.75 cm or 0.68 inches.
Kasane : 0.64 cm or 0.25 inches.
Era : Late Edo period.
Shape : The blade is oosuriage mumei(cut shortened) regular widthm thickness with regular sori and longer kissaki
which looks like typical Nanbokucyo style.
Jigane :Itame had and mokume had mixed with jinie attach and nagger massage.
Hamon :Niedeki suguha based and small gunome midair mixed.
from the hamachi area, nioikuchi deep uremia gokoro and then
active ashi, yo and ash sactter and also sunagashi, kinsuji work.
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.
Tsuba:On the round shape iron stub, some design is engraved open work.
Fuchikashira:On the syakudo nanako plate，
rice stalk is engraved with gold color.
Saya: black roar saya.
From Aoi Art:As mentioned on the Sayagaki by Mr Tanobe sensei,
at the end of Edo period Great wordsmith Suishinshi Masahide insist fiercely that
Doranba, OOgunome midarehamon are very weak and easy to break and need to make old fashion suguha
and kogunome midair hamon. and it is necessary to return old fashion style sword.
Naotane was a student of the Masahide, so He also agreed to make simple strong kogunome midare hamon.
This sword is old style Kagemitsu utsuishi.
Boshi is typical sansaku Boshi(noter and round shape) which looks typical Kagemitsu.
The Jigaane is very attractive. and also Hamon.
Aoi Art estimation paper : NBTHK hozon paper.