The Art of Japanese Sword Polishing

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To understand Japanese sword polishing is to understand the Japanese sword. Down through the years, the great sword connoisseurs in Japan have been sword polishers. A swordsmith can spend a large amount of time forging a classic sword, but refining and bringing out its final shape, color, and texture so that all the details of the steel and hamon (the temper line) are clearly visible is the responsibility of another craftsman-the sword polisher.

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Overview

To understand Japanese sword polishing is to understand the Japanese sword. Down through the years, the great sword connoisseurs in Japan have been sword polishers. A swordsmith can spend a large amount of time forging a classic sword, but refining and bringing out its final shape, color, and texture so that all the details of the steel and hamon (the temper line) are clearly visible is the responsibility of another craftsman-the sword polisher.

The Art of Japanese Sword Polishing is the first book in English to examine in great detail the polisher's techniques, for which they may apprentice for as long as ten years. It illustrates the methods, materials, and tools used for this process. But the book's true aim is to bring to readers an appreciation of the beauty of a well-crafted Japanese sword. As readers learn both how the sword polisher enhances the beauty of a blade and how he handles the problems of coaxing out its finest qualities through his polishing techniques, they will come to a higher understanding of the fine art of making a Japanese sword, and be able to view, purchase, or collect swords with greater pleasure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568365183
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/10/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 814,790
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

SETSUO TAKAIWA is one of Japan's top sword polishers and is called upon by museums around the world, from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to the British Museum, to help maintain their historic sword collections.
YOSHINDO YOSHIHARA is ranked among the top swordsmiths in Japan. His family has been making tools and swords for several generations.

LEON and HIROKO KAPP have studied Japanese swords for decades and are co-authors, with Yoshindo, of The Craft of the Japanese Sword and Modern Japanese Swords and Swordsmiths. The Kapps live in San Rafael, California. Yoshindo Yoshihara and Leon Kapp frequently lecture and give demonstrations in the United States.

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    The Art Of Japanese Sword Polishing...

    I liked this book it went over in detail about the various really great artizens who polish the swords after they have been made and how hard the work is and went over the various different stones thata re used. Although I wished that the Auther would have went step by step going over each stone and what each stones of the hundreds of stones that can be used is used for and for what purpose and how it is best to use them and if one wished to where it is best to buy the specific stones from if one wished to make this a hobbie instead of a full tiime job or apprenticeship which is how it is usually done in Japan... It is a lot to take in and to learn that which was written and the many pictures that were contain there in.

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