Katana: The Samurai Sword: 950-1877

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The Katana is the ultimate evolution of the Japanese sword, whose traditions date back to ancient Japan. Arguably the finest edged weapon ever made, combining a lethal cutting edge with a flexible and resilient core, a fine katana is as much a work of art as a deadly weapon. For centuries it was also the defining icon of the samurai, as it was above all the possession of a katana that identified those belonging to Japan's warrior class.

This book explores the astonishing ...

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Overview

The Katana is the ultimate evolution of the Japanese sword, whose traditions date back to ancient Japan. Arguably the finest edged weapon ever made, combining a lethal cutting edge with a flexible and resilient core, a fine katana is as much a work of art as a deadly weapon. For centuries it was also the defining icon of the samurai, as it was above all the possession of a katana that identified those belonging to Japan's warrior class.

This book explores the astonishing craftsmanship that gave the katana its particular qualities, as well as the swordsmanship of famous samurai and great masters, and recounts dramatic tales of the katana's use - from private duels and revenge killings to its role in full-scale samurai warfare.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849081511
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Series: Weapon Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 389,151
  • Product dimensions: 9.96 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge University, and has two MAs (in Theology and Military History) from Leeds University. In 1996 he received a PhD from Leeds for his work on Japanese religious history. He travels extensively in Europe and the Far East and also runs a well-used picture library. His work has been recognized by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award. In 2008 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University in Japan. Stephen Turnbull currently divides his time between lecturing in Japanese Religion and History at Leeds University and freelance writing.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Development: Katana: the soul of the samurai 9

Use: Swordsmanship, battles and duels 29

Impact: The Japanese icon 56

Conclusion 73

Glossary 77

Select Bibliography 79

Index 80

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Katana

    This book is a very good source for information on the legendary weapon of the samurai.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Sketch

    Hi. Sry I hvnt been on, I was grounded cuz I failed a reading test. (Shakespeare)

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Piper

    A pretty she tiger lookes around nervously her tsil tip twitching back and forh. She had sparkling green eyes and was very shy but very nice and friendly.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Eclipse

    Black with purple eyes. Needs a strong male to protect her. Jas not found the perfect one in 2 years. Feels strong vibes from Katana

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Kataa

    Oh hi sketch.

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