The Samurai Sword: A Handbook

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The First of its Kind in English, The Samurai Sword A Handbook is a complete handbook of the samurai sword. The informative text deals with the origins and development of the sword, its historical background, the various types of swords, their parts, styles, and differences in construction, the art of the swordsmith, the famous schools, the problem of identification and evaluation, and the care and maintenance of the sword. The many lists offer convenient means of collating vital information, while the numerous ...
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Overview

The First of its Kind in English, The Samurai Sword A Handbook is a complete handbook of the samurai sword. The informative text deals with the origins and development of the sword, its historical background, the various types of swords, their parts, styles, and differences in construction, the art of the swordsmith, the famous schools, the problem of identification and evaluation, and the care and maintenance of the sword. The many lists offer convenient means of collating vital information, while the numerous illustrations admirably augment the text.

An American has produced a handbook of Japanese swords aimed at an American market.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784805311349
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/10/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 366,430
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John M. Yumoto was the foremost authority on the samurai sword outside of Japan. A native of California, he spent time in Japan studying under a number of masters from different schools and learned the art of sword polishing and of identification and evaluation. He has been requested to serve as advisor to the Japanese Sword Society of the United States.

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Table of Contents


List of Plates     7
List of Figures     9
Introduction     11
Foreword     17
Acknowledgments     19
Japanese History and the Samurai Sword     21
Types of Swords     48
Parts of the Sword     54
Blade Shape, Construction, and Grain     92
The Making of the Sword     99
Inscriptions and Their Readings     111
Care and Maintenance     136
Appraisal and Value     138
Relative Point Values     141
Bibliography     171
Glossary     177
Old Provinces and Modern Prefectures     187
Index     189
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