Samurai Sword: A Handbook

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Tuttle Publishing, 2013-01-08 - 192 psl.
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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 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. This must-have for sword lovers is sure to be a bestseller.

Topics of this Samurai book include:
  • Japanese History and the Samurai Sword
  • Types of swords
  • Parts of the sword
  • Blade shape, construction, and grain
  • The making of the sword
  • Inscriptions and their readings
  • Care and maintenance
  • Appraisal and value
  • Relative point values
 

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Types of Swords 48
3
Shikomizue sword cane 66
7
Shirasaya plain wood scabbard
12
A tang with four rivet holes 75
22
A tang with an inscription 75
22
A set of fuchi and kashira 90
33
Blade Shape Construction and Grain 92
35
Purification rites by master swordsmith 103
46
Blade with shortened tang
76
Two tanto with scabbard pockets
77
A collection of tsuba
78
10
86
Tsuba with gold filling
87
Care and Maintenance 136
88
A collection of menuki hilt ornaments
89
4
96

Heating and flattening of iron 104
55
Inscriptions and Their Readings 111
59
Old Provinces and Modern Prefectures 187
66
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