The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords

Author: Kōkan Nagayama

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770020710

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 348

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Connoisseur's Book Japanese Swords is a Kodansha International publication.

Hank Reinhardt's The Book of Swords

Author: Hank Reinhardt

Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises

ISBN: 1618247336

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 3245

The sword is the most revered of all of man's weapons. Although the club is older, the knife more universal, and the firearm much more efficient, it is to the sword that most decoration, myth, mysticism and reverence has been given. The katana has been called "The Soul of the Samurai," the Vikings lavished love, care and attached wonderful names to their weapons. The sword has been the symbol of Justice, of Vengeance, and of Mercy. No one artifact has so captured the imagination as has the sword. As our society has grown more and more advanced, and more reliant on technology, there has been an increased interest in the weapons of the past. The romance of the sword is very much alive¾but movies, books and fiction of all types have romanticized the past, and particularly the sword, beyond all recognition of the real thing. Drawing on information from grave excavations, illustrations of battle scenes, and many classical and medieval literary sources, this book discusses how contemporaries showed swords were used. Building on Oakeshott and other authoritative writers on the subject, this volume, representing ten years of writing and a lifetime of experience, will add to the body of knowledge of the history of swords by illustrating not only the beauty of the form of the sword, but also their beauty of function. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

A Book of Five Swords and a Scroll

Author: Stanford Carman


ISBN: 1411627407

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 148

View: 4615

A Book of Five Swords and a Scroll, is about five Japanese swords that came to the United States after W.W.II and a Japanese hanging scroll of a 'Seated Samurai. The book is richly illustrated with over 110 photographs of these swords, map segments, and other associated materials. There are three original short stories centered around three of the swords. The book also contains sections regarding Medieval Japan, the Samurai, Japanese Sword Smiths, and Japanese Sword Care and Cleaning; Detail Technical Data of these swords is included, and there is a short biography of artist of the scroll. The chapter about the scroll, regards a person famous in 14th Century Japanese History. Two of these swords are over 450 years old. n addition there is a short biography of a unique US Marine that fought at Wake Island, Dec 8, 1941 - Dec 23, 1941 in WWII and taken as a Prisiner Of War by the Japanese. He spent a total of 1350 Days as a POW in Camps in China and Japan. This version of the book is in B&W.


Author: Markus Sesko


ISBN: 129158420X


Page: N.A

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Encyclopedia of Japanese Swords

Author: Markus Sesko


ISBN: 131256315X

Category: History

Page: 552

View: 597

This completely new encyclopedic reference for the Japanese sword contains about 2,500 terms, many of them illustrated by photos and drawings. The Encyclopedia of Japanese Swords is an A-Z general encyclopedia covering each and every part of the sword: the blade, the mountings, the fittings, and all their different interpretations. Further, this encyclopedia also explains the literal or etymological meaning of each Japanese term and provides an even deeper insight into the subject.


Author: 土子民夫

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770028549

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 255

View: 7301

New Generation of Japanese Swordsmiths is a Kodansha International publication.

Legends and Stories Around the Japanese Sword

Author: Markus Sesko

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3842366035


Page: 184

View: 1117

In the last years and decades several publications and translations on the subject of the Japanese Sword have been published in the West. In this way, the historical background, the characteristics of the blades, smiths, and schools, as well as the art of sword forging, and the sword fittings were introduced and explained. The aim of this publication is now to bring the reader closer to the role the Japanese sword " the nihont " played in the warrior class and the Japanese society, namely by the means of legends, stories, and anecdotes on famous swords and their swordsmiths, embedded in an explanation of the background and other relevant facts. In the end, the reader should have an idea about the high value that was placed on this proverbial legendary weapon that span than a thousand years of Japanese history (and even still today as an object of art). The aim was to obtain a balance between easy access for beginners and detailed facts for confirmed enthusiasts.


Author: トム岸田

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770027542

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 155

View: 1880

No other weapon in the world can boast of possessing such a high spiritual quality as the Japanese sword. For over a thousand years the sword was revered as the very soul of the samurai warriors who wielded it, commanding awe, respect, and an almost religious devotion. The tumultuous events of modern Japanese history and the nation's relentless drive toward technological advancement, however, irrevocably sealed the sword's fate, and, along with the samurai class, the sword became an anachronism, both culturally and militarily.

The Craft of the Japanese Sword

Author: Leon Kapp,Hiroko Kapp,Yoshindo Yoshihara

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9780870117985

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 167

View: 5688

From raw steel to tempered blade, this text presents a visual account of the ancient craft of swordmaking as practiced in modern Japan. Well over a thousand years old, the tradition of swordmaking in Japan is one of the most highly regarded metal crafts in the world. When all sword manufacture was prohibited in Japan for seven years after World War II, the age-old techniques were in danger of being lost forever. Today, in the hands of a new generation of practitioners, the craft is making a startling comeback. Connoisseurs say that the swords being produced

Sword and Brush

The Spirit of the Martial Arts

Author: Dave Lowry

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834825422

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 144

View: 818

This moment of perfect clarity that is the force behind all the traditional Japanese arts—from archery to flower arranging—is celebrated here in Dave Lowry's exploration of the common principles shared by calligraphy and the martial arts. Forty-two examples of Lowry's calligraphy, accompanied by his essays, show how the way of the brush reflects the strategic principles of the way of the sword. Each calligraphy represents a term from the martial arts—such as do, the way, or wa, harmony. The accompanying text amplifies our understanding of the term, what it meant to Japanese warriors, and what it means to practitioners of calligraphy and the martial arts today. What becomes clear is that these two seemingly unrelated disciplines actually partake of the same profound elemental spirit.

The Connoisseur

Author: James Thomas Herbert Baily

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art

Page: N.A

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Stähle, Steine und Schlangen

zur Kultur- und Technikgeschichte von Schwertklingen des frühen Mittelalters

Author: Stefan Mäder

Publisher: N.A


Category: Metallurgy in archaeology

Page: 228

View: 6936

MARTIAL Arts of the World

An Encyclopedia

Author: ed. Green

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781576071502

Category: Martial arts

Page: N.A

View: 9740

Cutting Edge

Japanese Swords in the British Museum

Author: Victor Harris

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing


Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 160

View: 1288

The Japanese sword has long been appreciated both as a weapon and as an object of art. Only in Japanese culture has the sword been developed to such a level of technological excellence and spiritual importance. As a cutting weapon, the fully developed curved katana, or samurai sword, of the samurai warrior was uniquely effective. As a cultural object, it offers invaluable insights into the social and spiritual history of the Japanese people. Cutting Edge: Japanese Swords in the British Museum offers a fascinating introduction to the design, manufacture and collecting of these Japanese weapons. It covers the development of sword art and designs, traditional forging methods, regional variations in style and signature works by legendary craftsmen. Includes hundreds of photos with 16 pages in full color.