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The Japanese Sword: A Comprehensive Guide
The Japanese sword combines unbreakability, rigidity, and lethal cutting power, and it is in the resolution of these conflicting practical requirements that it emerges as a triumph of the forger's art. The mystique of the sword lingers on in our age of mechanized combat, but the aesthetic qualities for which swords are most valued by collectors today-the liveliness of the...more
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published June 15th 1983 by Kodansha
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A thoroughly informative read for anyone with an interest in Japanese swords. It it is not the most detailed guide available (although it provides a great deal of information), but it does an excellent job of explaining much of the terminology and history related to the katana and other similar weapons. If you wish to know more about Japanese swords, this is a fine place to start. The prose is somewhat formal, and there is extensive use of terminology (which is always explained first, and there...more
Apr 29, 2008 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sword collectors
Recommended to Noran by: my brother Noah
This was my brother's book and he collected with my father. i bought it for him as a gift. He said it was a very good basic guide, for he had others, some in Japanese about his sword collection. I read the book and amazed by all there was to the the samurai blade and the sword fittings. I was quite the learning experience for me, and allowed me to see into their world a little more.