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Art of the Japanese Sword: The Craft of Swordmaking and Its Appreciation

Hardcover - 10 September 2012
ISBN-13 : 9784805312407
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In The Art of the Japanese Sword, master swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara offers a detailed look at the entire process of Japanese sword making, including the finishing and appreciation of Japanese blades.

Japanese sword art stands out in many ways: functionality as a weapon, sophisticated metallurgy and metalsmithing, the shape of the blade itself--all contribute to the beauty of these remarkable weapons. The Art of the Japanese Sword conveys to the reader Japanese samurai sword history and Japanese sword care, as well as explaining how to view and appreciate a blade.

With 256 full-color pages, this sword book illustrates in meticulous detail how modern craftsmen use traditional methods to prepare their steel, forge the sword and create the unique hardened edge. By gaining a good understanding of how a sword is made, the reader will be able to appreciate the samurai sword more fully. Topics include:

  • Appreciating the Japanese sword
  • History of the Japanese sword
  • Traditional Japanese steelmaking
  • Making the sword
  • Finishing the sword

Customer Reviews

8 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  02 December 2014
The Art of the Japanese Sword is an extensive tour
By: Ikigai Way

The Art of the Japanese Sword is an extensive tour through the methods of sword creation, preservation, and appreciation. More than that, it is a celebration of the creativity and dedication of a culture in refining a tool of war into an implement of extreme philosophical and aesthetic beauty.

 

8 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  02 December 2014
The Art of the Japanese Sword
By: Tactical Knives

It doesn't matter if you are simply interested in the history and function of Japanese swords or a would-be smith yourself, you will find a vast amount of useful chapters in each of these chapters. All sections of this book are illustrated with high-quality color photos, with many full page in size. The authors state they feel a person needs to understand every facet of making a Japanese sword to fully appreciate the finished weapon. I know of few books on the subject that do a better job of meeting that goal.

8 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  02 December 2014
I wanted to include this book because it is beautiful in its own right
By: Ikigai Way

I wanted to include this book because it is beautiful in its own right. This is definitely a coffee table book, filled with beautiful images and skillful layout that will impress anyone leafing through it. Besides the aesthetics, it has deep and valuable information on the construction and appreciation of the Japanese Katana.

8 customer reviews  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.

8 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  29 August 2014
Know all about swords
By: Tactical Knives

It doesn't matter if you are simply interested in the history and function of Japanese swords or a would-be smith yourself, you will find a vast amount of useful chapters in each of these chapters. All sections of this book are illustrated with high-quality color photos, with many full page in size. The authors state they feel a person needs to understand every facet of making a Japanese sword to fully appreciate the finished weapon. I know of few books on the subject that do a better job of meeting that goal.

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