Katana: The Samurai Sword: 950-1877 by Stephen Turnbull, Johnny Shumate |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Katana: The Samurai Sword: 950-1877

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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849081511
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
11/23/2010
Series:
Weapon Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
486,058
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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