The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords
Kodansha International, 1997 - 348 psl.
Recently Japanese swords have gained enormous popularity as art objects with collectors and enthusiasts around the world, but until now much of the most detailed information on the subject has been available only in Japanese. This comprehensive guide to the appreciation and appraisal of the
blades of Japanese swords provides, at last, all the background that readers need to become true connoisseurs.
The book is organized along historical lines for the sake of clarity and convenience, and its approach is always practical. Broad discussions of each tradition within the Gokaden focus on the features that distinguish specific schools and smiths-the various kinds of jihada, hamon, boshi, and
The chapter on terminology gives advice on what to look for when examining the different parts of a blade, again making reference to the unique features of particularly significant smiths. The chapter on care and appraisal of blades tells precisely how to handle blades and what to expect at a sword
Richly illustrated throughout with more than 550 of the author's own painstaking oshigata illustrations-sword tracings onto which details are penciled in by hand-The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords is easily the most informative and comprehensive guide to the blades of Japanese swords ever to
Kokan Nagayama, who is widely recognized as one of the foremost living sword polishers, compiled the notes for this book over the course of many years spent teaching the arts of polishing and appraisal.
Nagayama-sensei is widely recognized as one of the foremost living sword polishers and is a veteran teacher of both polishing and appraisal. Here in one accessible volume he distills the store of knowledge he has gained over a lifetime of intensive research.
"Nagayama-sensei and his senior pupils have for many years now taken an enlightened approach to study of Japanese swords outside of Japan. They have been of great assistance to collectors here in Great Britain and in other countries, traveling and living abroad, organizing exhibitions, teaching us
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The Origin of the ODachi
New Methods and Trends
Emergence of the Shinshinto
Jigane and Jihada
Nie and Nioi
Various Conditions Seen in Parts of the Hamon
The Main Schools and Evolution of the Yamato
The Main Schools and Evolution of the Bizen
The Main Schools and Evolution of the Soshu
The Main Schools and Evolution of the Mino
Workmanship of Shinto Times
Provinces and Schools of Shinto Times
Kato Tsunatoshi and the Unju
The Main Schools and Workmanship of Early
The Main Schools and Evolution of the Yamashiro LI
The Awataguchi H School
Leading Swordsmiths of the Yamashiro Tradition
Koto Dozen List
List of Swordsmiths Often Featured in Kanteikai