Ordering number: 21765
Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature: Taikei Naokane (kao)
Oite Toto (Hori Yoshitane) (engraved by Yoshitane)
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 35.5 cm or 13.97 inches.
Sori : 0.8 cm or 0.31 inches.
Width at the hamachi : 3.24 cm or 1.27 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.85 cm or 1.12 inches.
Kasane : 0.74 cm or 0.29 inches.
Era : Late Edo period.
Shape : This blade is rather wide and thick Wakizashi with rather long Kissaki.
Jitetsu : Very tight Ko-itame with Jinie and Chikei attach.
Hamon : Suguha with deep Nioikuchi. There are many Sunagashi.
Special feature : Naotane was born at Yamagata in 1778, and he was called Shoji Minobe.
After Naotane studied under Suishinshi Masahide, Naotane and Masahide were hired by Akimoto clan,
In 1821, Naotane was allowed to engrave the signature “Chikuzen Daijo”.
In 1848, Naotane was allowed to engrave the signature “Mino no suke”
He made blades in many kinds of style, Dai-Toran midare,
Yamato-den, Soshu-den, Mino-den, Yamashiro-den.
Also he made Gunome-Choji like a Kagemitsu or Kanemitsu,.
His blades was ranked as Sai-josaku (Top rank).
Especailly, his blades in Tenpo era (1830~1843) were very
high quality, and those blades are called Tenpo-Uchi.
He produced Jiro-Taro Naokatsu and Suishinshi Masatsugu and many good swordsmith.
Naotane passed away in 1857.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.