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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Definitive" guide to the Samurai Sword
I was once told "If you are interested in buying a real samurai sword buy this book read it once and then read it again and again." There is probably no other book, in english, that has as much info on antique samurai blades as this book. A must for anyone interested in sword collecting or even a serious martial artist.
Published on 9 Jan 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars A good, but brief introduction to the Samurai Sword
This book excels in terms of value for money, however, it lacks enough detail to warrant a good rating.
The book briefly describes most of the key elements of the Samurai Sword - Blade shape,mountings, construction, grain and inscriptions, and also provides a summary of the history of Japan and its impact on the development of the sword. It also includes many...
Published on 29 Nov 1999


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good, but brief introduction to the Samurai Sword, 29 Nov 1999
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This book excels in terms of value for money, however, it lacks enough detail to warrant a good rating.
The book briefly describes most of the key elements of the Samurai Sword - Blade shape,mountings, construction, grain and inscriptions, and also provides a summary of the history of Japan and its impact on the development of the sword. It also includes many useful diagrams and pictures (although only in black and white), and an extensive list of notable sword-smiths and their inscriptions.
However, some important chapters were very brief indeed, and would have to be supplemented by other books. More information is needed on how the Five Schools differed in their styles of sword making, and on the making of the sword.
Overall, this is a very well laid out introductory handbook on the Samurai Sword, but its brevity limits it as such.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Definitive" guide to the Samurai Sword, 9 Jan 1998
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I was once told "If you are interested in buying a real samurai sword buy this book read it once and then read it again and again." There is probably no other book, in english, that has as much info on antique samurai blades as this book. A must for anyone interested in sword collecting or even a serious martial artist.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best value for the money that you will find, 2 Aug 1998
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I've studied the use of the Japanese sword for over 15 years, this was the first book I bought and still one of the best. It provides a good overview of the craft of the Japanese sword and contains information that you will not find without spending 3-4 times as much.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars samuri sword : Handbook, 4 Nov 2005
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This book is excellent for someone who is reletivly new to the finer points of japanese sword terminology,and related paraphinalia.
It would also be handy as a referance guide for an expert, as the charts and tables are quite comprehensive, but it does not explaine fully some key areas, and has had no revisions since being written in 1958:
If you have recently purchased a japanese sword and wish to identify most of the informatiopn pertaining to it , this book would be very helpfull, as it is easy to understand for a begginer.
well written and presented.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners, 7 Jan 2000
On the whole, a very good book, but lacking detail in some places, and some small sections have lost their accuracy due to the book being written in 1958! Top marks for the name of smith/inscription guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful handbook with lots of information, 13 Feb 2014
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Branislav Radovic (France) - See all my reviews
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Everything the novice (or indeed) every collector and enthusiast could ask for in one small volume. A good buy and very well laid out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intro to the swords of the Samurai, 5 Dec 2013
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This is a good intro into the history and construction of the Samurai swords. From the early to the World War 2 military swords. Covering the different styles of swords through the years. Good info in the shapes, sizes and construction of the swords. However you are left with questions unanswered. Some subjects are just touched upon. There is ONE big let down with this book, the Plates (photos). Reproducing in black and white is not usually a problem but in this book so much detail is lost in the grainy images of the swords and fittings, shame really. OK, I know this book was first published in 1958, could still do better. That said, I am sure I will be coming back to this book for points of reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Samuri, 23 Jun 2012
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This is an interesting book, I would recommend it to any one who shows an interest in the Samuri. The book covers the Samuri sword, it's creation and use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must for lovers of Japanese swords., 29 Sep 2011
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Mg Meacham "flattwin" (aberdare, south wales.uk) - See all my reviews
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the book is very informative and well worth the purchase price.it explains the way the sword evolved from Chinese copies to the beautiful and lethal work of art it is today.there is a chapter on smithing,how the sword is made,and at the back of the book is a list of smiths and translations from Japanese into English.the book, in my opinion, is well written,and is a must for any Japanese sword collector to have in his library.
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