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4.7 out of 5 stars
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on 14 June 2017
its very handy if you like Sswords
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on 2 July 2017
Interesting book ....very informative.
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on 14 September 2017
Excellent book and quick service
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on 29 November 1999
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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on 2 August 1998
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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on 29 September 2011
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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on 9 January 1998
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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on 4 November 2005
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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on 12 May 2015
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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on 6 June 2015
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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