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Art Of The Japanese Sword

Author : Yoshindo Yoshihara
ISBN : 9781462909964
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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In The Art of the Japanese Sword, master swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara offers a detailed look at the entire process of Japanese sword making, including the finishing and appreciation of Japanese blades. Japanese sword art stands out in many ways: functionality as a weapon, sophisticated metallurgy and metal smithing, the shape of the blade itself—all contribute to the beauty of these remarkable weapons. The Art of the Japanese Sword conveys to the reader Japanese samurai sword history and Japanese sword care, as well as explaining how to view and appreciate a blade. With 256 full-color pages, this sword book illustrates in meticulous detail how modern craftsmen use traditional methods to prepare their steel, forge the sword and create the unique hardened edge. By gaining a good understanding of how a sword is actually made, the reader will be able to appreciate the samurai sword more fully. Topics include: Appreciating the Japanese sword History of the Japanese sword Traditional Japanese steel making Making the sword Finishing the sword

The Craft Of The Japanese Sword

Author : Leon Kapp
ISBN : 087011798X
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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From raw steel to tempered blade, this text presents a visual account of the ancient craft of swordmaking as practiced in modern Japan. Well over a thousand years old, the tradition of swordmaking in Japan is one of the most highly regarded metal crafts in the world. When all sword manufacture was prohibited in Japan for seven years after World War II, the age-old techniques were in danger of being lost forever. Today, in the hands of a new generation of practitioners, the craft is making a startling comeback. Connoisseurs say that the swords being produced

The Connoisseur S Book Of Japanese Swords

Author : Kōkan Nagayama
ISBN : 4770020716
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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Connoisseur's Book Japanese Swords is a Kodansha International publication.

The Art Of Japanese Sword Polishing

Author : Setsuo Takaiwa
ISBN : 4770024940
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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To understand Japanese sword polishing is to understand the sword itself. This book examines in detail the polisher's techniques. It illustrates the methods, materials, and tools used for this process, but its true aim is to enable the reader to appreciate the beauty of a well-crafted Japanese sword. To understand Japanese sword polishing is to understand the sword itself. Through the centuries, the great connoisseurs have been polishers. A swordsmith can spend much time forging a classic sword, but refining and bringing out its final shape, colour and texture so that

The Samurai Sword

Author : John M. Yumoto
ISBN : 0804805091
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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Explores the origins and development of the famous samurai sword as a work of art and a weapon and discusses its identification, evaluation, and care

Legends And Stories Around The Japanese Sword

Author : Markus Sesko
ISBN : 9783842366039
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In the last years and decades several publications and translations on the subject of the Japanese Sword have been published in the West. In this way, the historical background, the characteristics of the blades, smiths, and schools, as well as the art of sword forging, and the sword fittings were introduced and explained. The aim of this publication is now to bring the reader closer to the role the Japanese sword " the nihont " played in the warrior class and the Japanese society, namely by the means of legends, stories, and anecdotes on famous swords and their swordsmiths, embedded in an explanation of the background and other relevant facts. In the end, the reader should have an idea about the high value that was placed on this proverbial legendary weapon that span than a thousand years of Japanese history (and even still today as an object of art). The aim was to obtain a balance between easy access for beginners and detailed facts for confirmed enthusiasts.

The Art Of The Japanese Sword

Author : Kunihira Kawachi
ISBN : 1891640410
Genre : Art
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The more than thousand-year-old art of sword making in Japan is one of the world's most brilliant metalworking traditions. In danger of being lost when sword manufacture was prohibited after the Second World War, today the art is making an astonishing comeback in the hands of a new generation of swordsmiths. In this book master swordsmith Kunihira Kawachi introduces through beautiful color photographs examples of swords that he has created or restored. Questions and answers covering many aspects of sword culture are followed by a thorough chapter teaching how to care for and appreciate Japanese swords, and a discussion of the many legends surrounding the swords of the most famous swordsmen in Japanese history. A central section illustrates the tools and techniques for making Japanese swords with more than 50 color and monochrome photos. Finally, a chapter of essays presenting the lives and opinions of those involved in sword making in Japan today is followed by appendixes listing such useful information as the best museums in which to view fine sword collections around the world. This modest book is packed with information of use to all connoisseurs and collectors of Japanese swords, as well as anyone interested in Japanese metal crafts or martial culture.

Author : Kanzan Sato
ISBN : 0870115626
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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One of the foremost experts on the Japanese sword describes their history and appreciations in this book, with photographs and illustrations. The Japanese sword combines unbreakability, rigidity, and lethal cutting power, and it is in the resolution of these conflicting practical requirements that it emerges as a triumph of the forger's art. The mystique of the sword lingers on in our age of mechanized combat, but the aesthetic qualities for which swords are most valued by collectors today-the liveliness of the metal skin,' the confidence in every aspect of the'


Author : Stephen Turnbull
ISBN : 9781849081528
Genre : History
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The Samurai sword of Japan is probably the finest edged weapon ever made. This volume by leading Samurai expert Stephen Turnbull reveals the story of how and why it achieved this distinction. Particular attention is paid to the development of the familiar curved blade from the original straight blades, the associated development of Japan's famous steel-making techniques and the challenges from contemporary warfare. Together with the technical details of forging, polishing, mounting and testing; this volume is brought to life with details of the great swordmakers themselves. Moreover, no history of the sword would be complete without a detailed examination of its use in combat, from the greatest Samurai armies to individual duels and revenge killings. Personal accounts allow the reader to discover the art of Japanese swordsmanship in the hands of masters such as Miyamoto Musashi to the unnamed Japanese warrior defending his family's honour. This lively text is perfectly complemented by artwork reconstructions of the sword in use and colour photographs of the swords in use.


Author : David Lowry
ISBN : 0897501047
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Author Dave Lowry of the ancient sword school Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu teaches the basics of Japanese swordsmanship using the bokken, the wooden training sword. Lowry covers stances, body movement, striking, combination techniques and techniques with a partner.

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