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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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

To truly understand Japan, one needs to understand the history of the samurai and his sword

Synopsis:

This best-selling handbook to the samurai sword details the origins and development; its historical background, styles and famous schools; differences in construction; and outlines methods of identifying and researching the sword, as well as caring for it properly.

Synopsis:

The samurai sword: symbol of the spirit of old Japan it embodies the samurai's steely discipline, unswerving devotion, and peerless skill. A feat of craftsmanship by hereditary artisans, the samurai sword is often judged superior to the famed blades of Western Damascus and Toledo. This complete handbook reveals the lore of the samurai sword, fascinating both for owners and for the intrigued. Detailing the origins and development of the samurai sword, its historical background, styles, famous schools, and differences in construction, outlining methods of identifying and researching the sword, as well as caring for it properly.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [169]-174) and index.

About the Author

The author, John M. Yumoto, is perhaps the foremost authority on the samurai sword outside of Japan. A native of California, he began his study of Japanese swordcraft during his early childhood in Japan. While in Japan he studied under a number of masters from different schools and learned the art of sword polishing and of identification and evaluation. He has held membership in a number of sword clubs and at present is an active member of the Japan Society for the Preservation of the Samurai Sword and the Northern California Sword Club.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804805094
Subtitle:
A Handbook
Author:
Yumoto, John M.
Author:
Yumoto, John M.
Author:
Ford, T. C.
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Location:
Rutland, Vt.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Weapons
Subject:
Firearms & Weapons
Subject:
Swords
Subject:
Weapons -- Japan.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
vyp. 3
Publication Date:
19891215
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
line drawings and bandw photos
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
To truly understand Japan, one needs to understand the history of the samurai and his sword
"Synopsis" by ,
This best-selling handbook to the samurai sword details the origins and development; its historical background, styles and famous schools; differences in construction; and outlines methods of identifying and researching the sword, as well as caring for it properly.
"Synopsis" by ,
The samurai sword: symbol of the spirit of old Japan it embodies the samurai's steely discipline, unswerving devotion, and peerless skill. A feat of craftsmanship by hereditary artisans, the samurai sword is often judged superior to the famed blades of Western Damascus and Toledo. This complete handbook reveals the lore of the samurai sword, fascinating both for owners and for the intrigued. Detailing the origins and development of the samurai sword, its historical background, styles, famous schools, and differences in construction, outlining methods of identifying and researching the sword, as well as caring for it properly.
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