Accompanied by a certificate of registration as a Tokubetsu Hozon Token [Sword especially worthy of preservation] no. 147978 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword] on 27th February 2003
The smith was born in 1604 the son of Yoshiie (Hirosada) (see Lot 432) of the Hashimoto family, and became pupil of Tadayoshi I. He received the title Harima no daijo probably in 1634, and became a lay Buddhist monk during the era 1673-81, dying in 1691 at the advanced age of 87 having produced many swords during his long life. His son and grandson continued sword making under the same name Omi daijo Tadahiro.