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Samurai Sword

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ISBN-10: 4805309571

ISBN-13: 9784805309575

Edition: 2008 (Revised)

Authors: John M. Yumoto, T. C. Ford

List price: $27.95
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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…    
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 9/15/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

John M. Yumoto is perhaps the foremost authority on the samurai sword outside of Japan. A native of California, he has been studying the Japanese sword since his childhood days in Japan.

List of Plates
List of Figures
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
Old Provinces and Modern Prefectures