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    DescriptionThis is the first book to enable the reader to accurately judge the quality and pedigree of any sword. This book is the first English translation of a key reference title published in Japanese in 2005. Its value lies in its purpose, which is to ensure that the reader is given sufficient quality, quantity and detail of information to ensure that the resultant understanding of the subject facilitates an accurate assessment of any sword that may be encountered. The book is richly illustrated with 160 b/w photos (colour does not assist assessment) and 140 drawings elucidating details from nakago (tang) controlled rusting and inscriptions to the shape, dimensions, style, patina and every other visible element of the blade itself. The text is thorough and precise, and imparts everything a collector needs to know to determine whether the sword before him is a true blade with intrinsic and actual value, or a lesser artefact.

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    Facts and Fundamentals of Japanese Swords
    A Collector's Guide
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nobuo Nakahara
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 194
    Width: 198 mm
    Height: 262 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 762 g
    ISBN 13: 9784770031303
    ISBN 10: 4770031300

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ANT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.9
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 20
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPJ
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T General Subject: 120
    B&T Approval Code: A04400000
    Ingram Subject Code: AO
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 69
    LC classification: TS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15810
    BIC subject category V2: WCK, 1FPJ
    Abridged Dewey: 683
    B&T Approval Code: A44522510
    BISAC V2.8: ANT016000
    DC22: 739.72209520
    DC23: 739.7220952075
    Thema V1.0: WCK
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FPJ
    Illustrations note
    160 Black and White Photos; 140 Drawings
    Kodansha America, Inc
    Imprint name
    Kodansha International Ltd
    Publication date
    01 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Nobuo Nakahara was born in Nara City, 1951. After graduating from Doshisha University (Kyoto) in 1974, he became apprenticed to sword specialist Kosuke Murakami (a senior disciple of Koson Honami, the leading connoisseur of Japanese swords). In December 1978, he became independent following the death of his master, and began to publish a bi-monthly Japanese sword journal (1979 to December 1998) while lecturing at Japanese sword research associations all over Japan. In 2001, he published the reference book Oita-ken no Katana (The Swords of Oita Prefecture), followed by Katana no Kansho (The Facts and Fundamentals of Japanese Swords) in 2005.