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Katana : "Taikei Naotane"
Mei : "DEWA (NO) KUNI JUNIN SHOJI CHIKUZEN
DAIJO TAIKEI NAOTANE (monogram)"
"BUNSEI 12 NEN CHUSHU"
Province : Edo
Age : Bakumatsu
Tradition : Bizen-den
School : Suishinshi
Dimensions : Ha-watari - 70.3 cm. / Sori : 1.53 cm.
Sugata : The blade is in shinogi-zukuri with iori-mune and has wide mi-haba, thick kasane, saki-zori and extended chu-kissaki.
Jihada : Dense ko-mokume-hada combined with a littl masame in company with fine ji-nie.
Hamon : Gunome-midare in tight nioi-deki accompanied with ko-nie then many ko-ashi are seen inside the hamon.
Boshi : Gentle midare-komi then turns back in ko-maru. The tip tends to be pointed.
Nakago : Ubu and has ha-agari-kuri-jiri, o-sujikai with kesho-yasuri and a mekugi-ana.
Remarks : Naotane's given name is Ninohei. He was born in Yamagata of Dewa Province in An-ei 8
then went up to Edo and was titled as Chikuzen Daijo firstly then promoted to Mino no
Suke afterwards. He learned sword forging from Suishinshi Masahide and was familiar
with Bizen-den and Soshu-den. Especially, his work in Bizen-den is remarkable and left
many masterpieces. He died in Ansei 4 at the age of 79.
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