The Samurai Sword: A Handbook [NOOK Book]

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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...
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The Samurai Sword: A Handbook

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Overview

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.

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462907069
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

John M. Yumoto is perhaps the foremost authority on the samurai sword outside of Japan. A native of California, he has been studying the Japanese sword since his childhood days in Japan.

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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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