Between 4−5 stars rating, 15 September 2014
By: Introvert Japan
One of the authors said the book’s aim was “to provide a comprehensive introduction to the Japanese sword,” which was exactly what I was looking for. I had been writing about them and needed something to keep me from inventing any facts. After reading it, I can say the authors accomplished what they set out to do. The book was thorough enough to be a resource, but it wasn’t weighty.
It’s a book about Japanese swords written by a swordsmith and two enthusiasts. It’s about–when and if you’re ever handed a fine-crafted Japanese sword–knowing exactly what to look for instead of just holding it cross-eyed and bleating out... See More
“nice sword.” While it’s easy to think they don’t differ much one from the next, every sword is a unique piece of art with its own traits. All it takes to distinguish them is the proper education. And because one can’t neglect ceremony in Japan, there is a lesson in both the swords themselves and the customary method of viewing them.