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Bushido Code - - Sword Master
Japanese Samurai Swords & Naval Dirks
The next step after reading Yumoto's
book for collectors. The Connoisseur's Book, is just that. It is very detailed
and a must for any serious student of Nihonto.
The pluses are the incredible depth of research and information. Nagayama details
all five principle schools as well as the common traits and outstanding smiths of the
The only downside is the lack of full color (or even b/w for that matter) pictures of the
blades and styles he is talking about. However, the drawings do well to illustrate the
style. I just would have preferred to see actual blades since that is what I would
be looking for as a collector.
Overall- a very good read - Nagayama gives a great history of the development of the
As a reference tool, the book is not well set up for quick access, but does provide the
information needed if you mark the various pages. Basically more detailed that
Yumoto's book and the next step for the collector in his study of Nihonto.
If you own ONE book.... This book is
exactly what you need to understand the factors that determine rarity and
value. It contains a comprehensive delineation of the varieties of each sword
part, maker dates and places, and a good dose of relevant history to the development and
use of the sword.
This small investment can literally save you thousands in mistaken purchases ... you will
quickly see why you should save your money and buy that "special" (albeit
expensive) blade. Would you buy coins without a Redbook? Stamps without
The "Definitive" guide to the Samurai Sword. 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
Excellent book!! A must have for the sword enthusiast.
"The Craft of the Japanese Sword" is a fine example of what a book can
accomplish with the collaboration of an enthusiast who does his homework and artisans of
the craft. The inclusion of the technical aspects of metal composition and
blade formation, all the way to the polishing techniques was brilliant.
A must-have for anyone interested in Japanese Swords. This is an excellent
collaboration between one of the top Japanese swordsmiths and an American
collector. The photographs are detailed and show every stage of making a sword
and it's fittings. It's well-written and explains the terminology for the
Complete Bladesmith: Forging Your Way to Perfection
by Jim Hrisoulas
Complete is definitely the word. Jim Hrisoulas has
put together a wonderful compilation of techniques and step by step instructions on
If you're serious about forging knives, this is a must! Jim Hrisoulas has let
out information some knifemakers refuse to share, and he is big enough to handle the
criticism. He not only knows how to create beautiful knives and swords, he also
knows how to write, so the novice to experienced knifemaker can comprehend the content.
He also provides excellent diagrams of the subject matter he is addressing at the
time. From the steels, tools, and techniques, to some trade secrets, it is all here.
For the novice to experienced knifemaker, there is something for you to discover.
The forging basics are spelled out in a clear and concise format. Most
anything that has to do with the forging of blades is covered thoroughly in this volume.
This book is a must for the wannna-be knifemaker. Did someone say light the
Swords of Japan 1868-1945
by Richard Fuller, Ron Gregory
Very good portable reference for collectors at shows.
Very good, highly portable reference for the beginning collector to know what
they're looking at at gun & knife shows, auctions and flea markets. While
not the most complete tome on the subject, it is worth the price paid just for the gangi
tables of the arsenal ID stamping marks.
Military and Civil Swords and Dirks
by Richard Fuller, Ron Gregory
This essential reference covers both military and civil
Japanese swords and dirks from 1868 to 1945. Comprehensively illustrated with
drawings and photographs of individual swords and their details, the book also includes
period photographs of the weapons as they were worn. 20 color and 340 b&w
photos and illustrations.
This book is very comprehensive and has more information than most books of a similar
topic. Great reference material as well as some nice closeup details of rare swords.
A MUST HAVE item for anybody that wants to collect Military swords and such.
Information of the type included within this book will assist newcomers to
buy swords with confidence. Well worth $50 price!!
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