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An attractive mumei katana attributed to Hosokawa Tadamasa, Keio gurai (around 1863). Shinogizukure, iroi mune, chu-kissaki. Hawatare: 2 shaku 1 sun 6 bu (65.45 cm., 25.77 inches). Motohaba: 2.82 cm. Sakihaba: 1.84 cm. Kasane: 6.8 mm. Chu suguba, slight notare, ko nie, ha nie, tight brilliant habuchi, nado. Tight itame hada tatsu, slightly nagare, abundant fine ji nie, chikei, nado. Mounted in shirasaya, wooden habaki, NTHK kanteisho, 73 points. Toko Taikan rate of 1,300,000 yen
Tadamasa was a descendant of Hosokawa Masayoshi . His father was Tadayoshi , Masayoshi's second son. His work is characterized by ko itame or muji hada. The hada on this example is better than expected from these descriptions.