Samurai Sword: A Handbook

Samurai Sword: A Handbook

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By (author) John M. Yumoto

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  • Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 220mm x 14mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 10 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Kanagawa
  • ISBN 10: 4805311347
  • ISBN 13: 9784805311349
  • Illustrations note: Black and white photographs and line art throughout
  • Sales rank: 292,505

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The samurai sword: a symbol of the spirit of old Japan, it embodies the samurai's steel discipline, unswerving devotion and peerless skill. With its creation, a feat of craftsmanship passed down by generations of artisans, the samurai sword is generally considered to be superior even to the famed blades of Western Damascus and Toledo. "The Samurai Sword Handbook" is a precise exploration of the samurai sword designed for sword collectors as well as anyone intrigued by these ancient blades. Detailing the origins and development of the samurai sword, its historical background, styles, famous schools and differences in construction, this revised edition of the classic reference outlines methods of identifying and researching the sword, as well as caring for it properly. This must-have for sword lovers is sure to be a bestseller. Sections include: Japanese History and the Samurai SwordTypes of swordsParts of the swordBlade shape, construction, and grainThe making of the swordInscriptions and their readingsCare and maintenanceAppraisal and valueRelative point values

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John M. Yumoto is perhaps the foremost authority on the samurai sword outside of Japan. A native of California, he has been studying the Japanese sword since his childhood days in Japan.