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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Lloyd & Tutle Publishing, Limited (10 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984377956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984377954
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 889,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Thomas Buck has been collecting and studying the Japanese Art Sword for over thirty years, acquiring his first Samurai Sword in October, 1975. In 1987, with the guidance of Dr. W. Y. Takahashi, Sensei, he began a three year intensive study/apprenticeship of the restoration and preservation techniques of John Grimmitt and Takahiro Ichinose, concentrating his research on Tsukamaki and Japanese Lacquer-ware. Since 1988, he has been performing restoration and research work on tsuka for various institutions, private collectors, and dealers.


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This is an excellent book giving just enough information for a practical person to be able to make a reasonable job of rebinding a tsuka. A bit more information for he novice would be nice.
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HASH(0x9a0cf030) out of 5 stars More than the title implies 30 Sept. 2012
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
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Traditional Japanese swordmaking stands among the most refined and complex of arts. In fact, it combines a number of different arts, including that of wrapping the hilt (the "tsuka"). This book covers that craft in enough detail for the determined artisan to put those techniques to use - not necessarily in such warlike manner. The reader finds more than two dozen variations, with surprising details like the use of paper shims to compensate for the thickness of layered bands. There's also a "tear-down" of an antique tsuka being restored by conservators - something very few artisans would be priveleged to see. I fault this part of the book only for lack of clarity in the knotwork that ties off the ends of the wrapping material

More than that, though, Buck gives brief but dense history of the swords themselves, describing how the blades' shape, length, construction, and metallurgy evolved over time. He details different patterns that remain from tempering the edge, and that appear in striations on the tang. Additional details cover signature markings, shape of tsuka, and some of the ornaments on hilt and guard. The author describes tsukamaki itself in a usable level of detail, but brings a lot more to the interested reader, too.

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HASH(0x9abb7894) out of 5 stars Worth 2x the cost! 24 Jan. 2012
By Curtis Richter - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Buck starts with the history of the Nihonto, then moves to many different styles (with great illustrations and explainations) of how to successfully learn Tsukamaki. I wish I'd have had this book a year ago - it would have saved me hours of learning the hard way!
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HASH(0x9a5fd378) out of 5 stars Tsukamaki Book 25 Feb. 2012
By C. Treichel - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent instructional book whick describes in detail and with great pictures how to create many different styles of tsuka maki.
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HASH(0x9ae8ef24) out of 5 stars Great book. 28 April 2013
By Mark Cutright - Published on Amazon.com
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The production quality of this book is lacking, but it makes up for it in the quality of information. This book covers some aspects of Tsukamaki that are very difficult to find on the net and in much greater detail.

This book has a home in my library!
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HASH(0x9a1ceba0) out of 5 stars Awesome! 11 April 2013
By Donald E. Gaffney - Published on Amazon.com
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I have long been interested in learning tsukamaki and this book is a perfect starting point. Mr Buck does a great job of not only explaining and showing the fundamentals but also in showing several types of tsukamaki I was unaware of. Thrilled with this book.
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