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Japanese Sword (Far Eastern Series / Victoria and Albert Museum) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2000
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About the Author
Gregory Irvine is curator in the Far Eastern Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, responsible for the collections of Japanese metalwork, particularly arms and armor. Formerly a curator in the Department of Japanese Antiquities of the British Museum, he joined the V&A in 1990 and began work on a database of the museum's extensive sword collection, collected since 1865. As well as extended periods of research into collections of swords and armor in Japan itself, his other research areas include the philosophies and social context behind the use of weaponry in Japan's historical context.
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on 6 October 2001
The book shows an indepth history, science and evolution of the japanese sword with stunning art work depicting samurai in battle and the gentle mystical smithies in action. Blade design including shape, structure, physical properties and appearance are all carefully explained in a manor that is both understandable yet maintains and aura of mystery surrounding the magnificent and revered blades. A must for all sword fans and smithys.
on 11 June 2001
I loved this book, it gives plenty of information for anybody interested in Samurai swords, It traces the weapons history and its symbolism, a good read!
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The Soul of the Samurai covers the major periods well...
on 24 January 2001 - Published on Amazon.com
Although the book is short (122 pages) it covers the major periods of the Japanese sword well. There is a short section on the making of the Japanese sword as well as basic terminology. If you are looking for more information on the making of a katana buy Kapp and Yoshihara's "The Craft of the Japanese Sword". The book goes through each period, Heian (794-1185), the Kamakura period (1185-1333), the Muromachi & Momoyama periods (1333-1600), the Edo period (1600-1868) and the Meiji Restoration and beyond. The book does not deal with Gendaito (modern swords). It does have 68 illustrations including several nice color woodblock prints and a lot of black and white photos of old blades from the imperial collection and the Toyko National Museum. The book is not really a reference book, buy John Yumoto's "The Samurai Sword" and Fuller & Gregory's "Military Swords of Japan 1868-1945", or Sato & Earle's "The Japanese Sword- A Comprehensive Guide" first if you are looking for a reference guide. The book has very little on tsubas or fittings. It does have a glossary and an index. If you are looking for a little more history and have the reference books, want to see some great blades and fine wood block prints than this is the book for you! It is a good read. Enjoy!
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This book is great!
on 14 January 2004 - Published on Amazon.com
It's about time someone wrote a book like this! This book covers everything from the weapons, to the samurai themselves and their daily lives. A must for any library! Hours and hours of facinating reading, and a wonderful reference manual for nihonto enthusiasts!
I love it!
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