Samurai Sword

Samurai Sword : A Handbook

By (author) John M. Yumoto


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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. Topics of this Samurai book 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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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 142 x 220 x 14mm | 299.37g
  • 10 Mar 2011
  • Tuttle Shokai Inc
  • Kanagawa
  • English
  • Black and white photographs and line art throughout
  • 4805311347
  • 9784805311349
  • 226,610

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John M. Yumoto is perhaps the foremost authority on the samurai sword outside of Japan. A native of California, he began his study of Japanese swrodcraft during his early childhood in Japan. While in Japan he studied under a number of masters from different schools and learned the art of sword polishing and of identification and evaluation. He has held membership in a number of sword clubs and at present is an active member of the Japan Society for the Preservation of the Samurai Sword and the Northern California Sword Club. He has also been requested to serve as advisor to the Japanese Sword Society of the United States, presently being organized.

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"This book, written by one of the foremost authorities outside Japan, is the first of this subject in English. it should find many readers, since there are now more of these swords in America than in Japan due to United States servicemen's interest in them. --New York World Telegraph and Sun

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