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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc (10 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4805311347
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805311349
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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"If you happen to have a samurai sword, John Yumoro's book will help you to determine its category. Whether you have one or not, it will give you all the romance of its background." --San Francisco Chronicle

-This book, written by one of the foremost authorities outside Japan, is the first of this subject in English. it should find many readers, since there are now more of these swords in America than in Japan due to United States servicemen's interest in them. --New York World Telegraph and Sun

-If you happen to have a samurai sword, John Yumoro's book will help you to determine its category. Whether you have one or not, it will give you all the romance of its background.- --San Francisco Chronicle

-At long last an American has produced a handbook on Japanese words aimed at an American market. It is a 'must' for anyone interested in Japanese blades and by far the best single reference volume for those who are not specialists.- --Military Collector & Historian

"This book, written by one of the foremost authorities outside Japan, is the first of this subject in English. it should find many readers, since there are now more of these swords in America than in Japan due to United States servicemen's interest in them. --New York World Telegraph and Sun

"At long last an American has produced a handbook on Japanese words aimed at an American market. It is a 'must' for anyone interested in Japanese blades and by far the best single reference volume for those who are not specialists." --Military Collector & Historian

Book Description

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.

Topics of this Samurai book include:

  • Japanese History and the Samurai Sword
  • Types of swords
  • Parts of the sword
  • Blade shape, construction, and grain
  • The making of the sword
  • Inscriptions and their readings
  • Care and maintenance
  • Appraisal and value
  • Relative point values

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its very handy if you like Sswords
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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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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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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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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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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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Recently bought a new (old) sword, some helpful information in translating the inscription but got some conflicting info with a web site but both translations are in the same ball park. No luck with the sword makers signature but obviously not every sword maker that signed their blades can be listed in such a small volume. Still the book has lots of info and is well worth the money
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very interesting reading also ideal for obtaining knowledge well worth the read as are all the other books ive purchased about samurai swords
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