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on 9 May 2013
This book seriously needs an editor.

For starters, it's not a "History", but a collection of "Trivial pursuit"-lite info bits. Without the fact-checking.

Data and explanations on what I know about swords (mostly Japanese, some on SE Asia/Chinese and Western) is biased, HARD, towards "everybody knows" trite bits of "information". Very, very little beyond that and, sometimes, statements that are, simply, wrong. It's not BAD, it's simply consistently poor, time and again. The part about ninja, alone, all four pages of it (1% of the book), discredits the whole book (that double spread on the ninjato is, simply, a disgrace, *by its own admission*).

Data on sabers and related swords from Eastern Europe to India is sketchy, AT BEST.

Photos are nice, but very poorly paged. The format of the book does not help, but still... Also, they go for flashy. One wonders if that lack of sabers and such isn't related, since some of the most curious examples are from people who never had an Empire to "fashion up" their clothes, and swords.

"Classical" (Greek, Roman, Viking) swords are only mentioned as topics. No spatha, for example. No Macedonian swords: you'll have more info on pre-Classical Greek weapons in 5 seconds of "Troy".

However, there's still place for dirks, axes, arquebuses, maces, arrows, spiked shields, Cold War bayonets... "SWORDS, a visual HISTORY" indeed.

With all its faults, go for Weland's book.Swords, Daggers and Cutlasses: A Collector's Guide At the very least, it's lighter.
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on 8 February 2011
i would recommend this book to anyone whos looking for a good reference book for bladed weapons or anybody whos interested in the history of swords and knifes etc.contains loads of good quality pics of weapons startng with stone weapons through to modern weapons.gives info on lenght,weight,date of origin andpoints out any interesting parts of the weapons.excellent book..a must buy!
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on 17 December 2011
a beautifully designed and illustrated book with superb photographs
and this book covers fencing as well as historical weaponry of every conceivable design!
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on 13 February 2015
my nephew loved the pictures and information
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on 1 May 2015
Clear well illustrated with plenty of illustrations
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