Facts and Fundamentals of Japanese Swords: A Collector's Guide

Facts and Fundamentals of Japanese Swords: A Collector's Guide


By (author) Nobuo Nakahara

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  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 194 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 262mm x 22mm | 762g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Tokyo
  • ISBN 10: 4770031300
  • ISBN 13: 9784770031303
  • Illustrations note: 160 Black and White Photos; 140 Drawings
  • Sales rank: 146,672

Product description

This 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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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.