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The Japanese Sword (Japanese Arts Library) Hardcover – June 15, 1983


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Text: English, Japanese (translation)

About the Author


KANZAN (KAN'ICHI) SATO was born in Yamagata Prefecture in 1907 and until his death in 1978 was regarded as one of Japan's foremost experts on the Japanese sword. A graduate of Kokugakuin University, he worked in the section for National Treasures, Ministry of Education, and Tokyo National Museum. He was Executive Director of the Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords and Vice-Director of the Sword Museum. His publications include works on Kotetsu and Higo metal-working.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA; 1st edition (June 15, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870115626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870115622
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for my husband.
Franhp
I have been looking for a book that I could research the making and history behind Japanese swords.
MistressTemptation
Great book, GREAT illustrations and photographs, superb glossary.
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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is a new edition of a classic book on Japanese swords. So far as I can tell, the only difference from the earlier edition is the (very nice) dustjacket.
The book includes a history of the sword, some basic information, though it's not a primer on collecting, and some good photographs of some truly excellent blades and fittings. The largest criticism I would make is that the photographs of blades don't show the subtle details, especially of the temper and "grain", which collectors are interested in. On the other hand, you can see the whole shape of the blade well in the photographs.
If you're interested in swords, this book is a must-have. Serious collectors will find it a bit simplistic and general of course, but the blades included are some of the best, which makes up for a lot. For people who just are interested by Japanese swords and want to find something out about them, this book is perfect. For the beginning collector this is good, but something like Yumoto's "Japanese Sword: A Handbook" is more important.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Just when I thought there were new books of note on Japanese swords lacking, I discovered this fabulous volume in a Tokyo book store. The content is meaningful and constructive in building on an already developed foundation of knowledge. A must for both the collector and the fortunate chance owner of a possibly valuable war souvenir. You can learn much about the care of your possession here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ghost Dog on October 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the BEST books on the Japanese Sword including history, terminology, et cetera. I really don't know how anyone could have a sword collection or interest without this book. A friend bought this for me as a gift, way before I was interested in swords... now I have hundreds of books (mainly on swords), and this is certainly my favorite. Great book, GREAT illustrations and photographs, superb glossary. You certainly wont be disappointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deal Grabber! on January 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The pictures in this book are stunning! A real tribute to the sword and their beauty. This is a great book for someone who is just beginning their study in nihonto, or for anyone who enjoys the awesome creations that man has achived, before the days of electricty and the power tool!
Wonderful book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alfred W. Hernandez on October 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Although the title is a bit misleading, as the book also includes other edge weapons besides swords as well as their fittings, it was informative for a novice collector. The color photographs are outstanding.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aegean Titan on July 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is exactly what the title says it is. It truly is a comprehensive guide to various japanese swords detailing the types and nomenclature of the swords.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Raymond B. Walker on September 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
An excellent introductory book. Pictures were of high quality which was surprising since they were not digital quality.

Definitions were clear and the glossary of terms was excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Koepfgen on November 11, 2010
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This was a very interesting book...and it wasnt even for me! I bought it for my husband's birthday but I even read the whole thing because it was so neat. It was a great quality book too, nice bindings and a very sturdy construction, with a beautiful dust jacket. I only wish it had more color photos.
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