Ordering number :19503
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature : Dewa kuni Taikei Shoji Naotane（kao）
Bunka 10 Nen Chushun
Shinshinto: Saijyosaku: Musashi
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to jyo jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold wrapped double habaki.
Blade length : 66.0 cm or 25.98 inches.
Sori : 1.40 cm or 0.55 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.24 cm or 1.28 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.49 cm or 0.98 inches.
Kasane : 0.74 cm or 0.29 inches.
The weight of the sword: 795 grams.
Era : Edo period bunka era (1813)
Shape : The sword is wide and thick with suitable sori. The Kissaki is large.
Jigane : Itame hada well grained with jinie attach. There are chikei like an eddy.
Hamon : Niedeki gunome midare with deep nioikuchi and ashi.
There sunagashi and kinsuji in the blade. Boshi turns back deeply
and roundly, hakikake style.
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.
Saya : Black Roiro Saya with Aogai Chirashi.
Tsuba : Unique shape iron Tsuba, some pattern inlayed with silver.
Menuki : Kiku flower is engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo, Kiku flowers and vine are engraved with gold and silver color.
From Aoi Art: Naotane excelled at Sosyu-den.
His skill and workmanship is good as Kiyomaro,
who is the most appreciated swordcraftsman of shinshinto.
This work has the top quality jigane and deep nioikuchi gunomemidare
with thick and soft ashi. We recommend it.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.