Ordering number : 14036
Wakizashi in Shirasaya (NBTHK Hozon paper)
Signature : Rei Tegarayama Masashige Kitae No Sugawara Yoshitaka (Gassakku to)
Kansei 9 nen 12 gatsu Kanoto-I Hi (December 1797)
The blade was polished.
habaki:gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length : 54.5 cm or 21.45 inches.
Sori : 1.0 cm or 0.39 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.93 cm or 1.15 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.08 cm or 0.81 inches.
Kasane : 0.70 cm or 0.27 inches.
Era :Edo period Kansei era.(1797)
Shape : On the front, Bambuu, Matsu tree, Ume braches are engraved and on the back,
god of Hukurokujyu is engraved.
God of Hukurokujyu means that is one of 7gods which can be blessed with a child,
richly, and blessed with a long life. This design will make these 3 lucky wishes.
Jitetsu :koitame hada well grained with jinie attach beautiful texture.
Hamon : from the Hamachi area, suguha and then gunome midair
with very thick nioikuchi and Doranba hamon. In Ha, many sunagashi,
fat soft ash and kinsuji work.
Boshi is round shape with thick nioikuchi.
Special feature : Tegarayama Masashige was a son of the Tegarayama Ujishige
who was born at Horeki 10th, and moved to Oosaka and then Edo and lived Kanda area.
He studied under the Suishinshi masahide about Doranba hamon.
He also worked for Matudaira Sadanobu in Ousyu Shirakawa.
At that time, Masahide was well known sword makers of the Doranba hamon
and many students studied by Kato tsunahide, Cyounsai Tsunatoshi, Ozaki suketaka
and Akama Tsunanobu but Masahide changed to make Doranba hamon to old Koto blade
which is kogunome and kocyoji midair hamon because of making strong swords.
But Tegarayama Masashige was influenced a lot from Tsuda Sukehiro
and continued to make Doranba or Oo gunome midair swords.
After that he succeeded his peculiar work wild feeling swords.
I think The Horimono was done by Sugawara Yoshitaka which is very attractive nice engraving.
back ground of the era:1791 Kansei 9th Man-and-woman mixed bathing
of the public bath Edo in the city was forbidden. but even now Hokkaido
and Tohoku district, some Onsen can enjoy Man-and-woman mixed bathing
of the public bath. In winter time, northern snowing Onsen, monkeys come from montains
junk into the Onsen and enjoy hot spring.
We would like to avoid a hurried world and to suppose leisurely life.
Koshirae : Higo Koshirae.
Tsuba :On the thin iron Tsuba, with gold cloth inlay.
Fuchikashira :On the iron plate, some small flowers are painted by gold color.
Saya : red brown color kawarinuri saya.
Menuki : some plaant is engraved by syakudo plate.
Kozuka : Big brass Kozuka :man is putting an umbrella running in the rainfall.
Kogatana : modern.
NBTHK Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.