- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Samurai Sword: A Handbook Paperback – 10 Mar 2011
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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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A complete starter when read with, Facts and Fundamentals of Japanese Swords: A Collector's Guide by Nobuo Nakahara (translated by Paul Martin).Published on 28 Oct. 2014 by Felix
Great for anyone that has an interest in samurai swords. Great bookPublished on 6 Sept. 2014 by Kim Sharp
Everything the novice (or indeed) every collector and enthusiast could ask for in one small volume. A good buy and very well laid out.Published on 13 Feb. 2014 by Branislav Radovic
This is a good intro into the history and construction of the Samurai swords. From the early to the World War 2 military swords. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2013 by arthur bonnar
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