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Japanese Swords

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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 schools.
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 Nihoto.
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 a Scotts'?
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 martial artist.

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 beginner.

The Complete Bladesmith: Forging Your Way to Perfection
by Jim Hrisoulas
Hardcover (1987)

Complete is definitely the word.  Jim Hrisoulas has put together a wonderful compilation of techniques and step by step instructions on bladesmithing.
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 forge?

Military Swords of Japan 1868-1945
by Richard Fuller, Ron Gregory
Paperback (1993)

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.

Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks
by Richard Fuller, Ron Gregory
Hardcover (1997)

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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Samurai Sword a Handbook by John Yumoto

The Craft of the Japanese Sword by Leon Kapp

Sword of the Samurai: The Classical Art of Japanese Swordsmanship by George Parulski

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