Top critical review
4 people found this helpful
all things to all men
on 6 June 2011
I am not a practitioner of Iado so bow to the greater knowledge and enthusiastc reviews of those who are. I am a long term (30 years) student of Nihon-to. I am afraid this book attempts to cover a huge subject ranging from the manufacture of a blade, sword making history and their use in martial arts. As a result it falls short on at least two of the major subjects it tries to cover.
It may be a purely stylistic thing but there is a considerable lack of humility within the text. The author may certainly be an expert in martial arts but I regret he falls well short in the study of the art of Nihon-to.
Having said all these negative things it is a well presented, well illustrated coffee table book. For someone with no understanding of the subject it offers an enthusiatic introduction. But anyone studying the subject of Japanese Swords and buying this to further their understanding is likely to be dissappointed.