Tegariyama Masashige Katana with Budhist inscription NTHK Certificate


Katana Den Edo Tegarayama Masashige (伝江⼾ ⼿柄⼭正繁) ‒ Attributed to Tegarayama Masashige from Edo with Budhist  Inscription for protection, NTHK Certificate mounted in Shirasaya  and has Koshirae with  Dragon motif Tsuba,Fuchi Kashira and Menuki

An absolutely Beautiful  blade by an excellent and important maker made in Shinogi-zukuri with iori-mune, The kitae Forging is a fine  Ko-itame Hada.
Hamon is a bright large Nie-laden O-gunome-Midare, The Kissaki is a slightly elongated with  the Boshi  running back with midare-komi
Nakago has multiple  mekugi-ana 5, yasurime are katte-sagari with Protective Budhist Inscription Samuhara
Made: around Kansei (寛政, 1789-1801)

Blade length ~ 63.3 cm

MASASHIGE (正繁), Kansei (寛政, 1789-1801), Musashi/Harima – “Banshū Tegarayama Ujishige”
(播州手柄山氏繁), “Ōshū Shirakawa-shin Tegarayama Masashige” (奥州白川臣手柄山正繁, “Tegarayama Masashige, retainer of Mutsu´s Shirakawa fief”), “Tegarayama Kai no Kami Masashige” (手柄山甲斐守正繁), “Shinmyō Kai
no Kami Masashige Nyūdō Tangasai” (神妙甲斐守正繁入道丹霞斎), “Shinmyō Tegarayama Kai no Kami Masashige”
(神妙手柄山甲斐守正繁), real name Miki Asashichi (三木朝七), second son of the 2nd gen. Ujishige (氏繁), he was
born in the tenth year of Hōreki (宝暦, 1760) in Himeji, because of the early death of his older brother, the 3rd gen.
Ujishige (氏繁), he took over the family and succeeded as 4th gen. Ujishige (氏繁) until the son of his older brother
came of age and succeeded as 5th gen., during the early Tenmei era (天明, 1781-1789) he went to Ōsaka and was hired in
Tenpō eight (1788) by Matsudaira Yorinobu (松平定信, 1759-1829), the daimyō of Mutsu´s Shirakawa fief (白河藩),
whereupon he moved to Edo in the very same year to work there for the fief, in Kyōwa three (享和, 1803) he received
the honorary title Kai no Kami (甲斐守) and his lord granted him in his later years the two characters “Shinmyō”
(神妙) which mean about “especially capable and laudable,” it is said that he only signed his best works with this
supplement, in addition he also used the pseudonym Tangasai (丹霞斎), he died on the fifth day of the seventh month
Bunsei 13 (文政, 1830) at the age of 71 in Edo, although he worked for most of his live in Edo he is nevertheless listed
as Ōshū smith because of his employer the Shirakawa fief, it is said that he also studied under Suishinshi Masahide
(水心子正秀), many blades have a wide mihaba and an elongated kissaki, the jigane is a very dense ko-itame which tends to
muji, the hamon is a gunome-midare mixed with ō-gunome that appears as a kind of tōran, in addition ashi, nie and pointed
yahazu elements appear, the jiba is bright and clear and the nioiguchi is broad, some few blades have horimono, jōjō-saku


Samuhara is a collective term for the first three gods that came into existence at the time of the
creation of the universe: Amenominakanushi, Takamimusubi, and Kamimusubi. The term has
also become a religious invocation and protective charm, meaning “longevity and warding off