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"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." —Ikigai Way blog
"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." —Introvert Japan blog
"The Art of the Japanese Sword is a very thorough look at the history, making and appreciation of the Japanese sword and serves well both the connoisseur and the novice. This book is most definitely recommended to anyone with an interest in Japanese art and culture." —Diverse Japan blog
"Though there can be no substitute for the study of Nihonto in person, […] but for the lay person, a sword novice, or bladesmith without an understanding of the process, this book is the next best thing. The authors have set a standard for a glimpse into the world of Nihonto, associated arts and complexities of the craft." —SwordForum
"This is a very nice publication with wonderful photographs that tantalize one's mind. A worthy addition to any library." —Jason Lee A. Hatcher, Founder, Katsujinken, a Sword Arts Journal --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Leon Kapp, a molecular biologist, lives with his wife Hiroko in San Rafael, California. He has been seriously interested in Japanese swords for over twenty-five years and has spent a great deal of time learning about them from Yoshindo.
Hiroko Kapp is a writer for Senken Shimbun News of Tokyo and writes about fashion and the fashion industry in the US. She graduated from Musashi-no Art University in Tokyo. For twenty-five years, she was active in the apparel business and designed scarves for her own line in the US. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- Publication Date : September 10, 2012
- File Size : 24141 KB
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- Print Length : 576 pages
- Publisher : Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket Edition (September 10, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B009DMJ9X0
- Lending : Not Enabled
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- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #627,574 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Buy this book . You won't be disappointed.
It should be noted that this book doesn't go into much detail on the furniture of the sword. In particular, tsukamaki is ignored except for a casual mention or two when discussing existing, mounted blades.
It's a beautiful overview, filled with large pictures and printed on heavyweight paper. If you're looking for one book on the subject, this should be the one.
I am so grateful that, Leon Kapp and Yoshindo Yoshihara - (and the rest of the team that worked so hard on this book) - are the kind of people who understand the belief that: 'If you get you must give and if you've learned you must teach".
Over a thousand years of teachings, of trial and error, have all been coalesced into this book and it, like the swords that come from Master Yoshindo's forge, is a masterpiece.
Each page is a treasure trove of wisdom and techniques and the more you read, the more you begin to discover that the Japanese sword, who's origins began as a quest for the ultimate edged weapon, has now evolved into a science and an art.
This book has changed my view of the Japanese sword and I now wish to do all I can to continue to learn about and preserve these precious portals into the past. I now appreciate that the Japanese sword is not just an art piece crafted by one single artist, but rather; each sword is a symphony - a collaboration between multiple craftsmen; smelters, steel smiths, polishers, engravers and carpenters who have all dedicated their lives to producing an item of true beauty - the perfect balance between form and function.
If you have a love for Japanese swords, or if you just wish to learn more about the Japanese Culture behind their production, then I recommend that you read "The Art of the Japanese Sword". It is an in-depth revelation into all the hand-skills, the technology, the tools and the means of appreciation that you will need to get better acquainted with this fine craft and these fine artifacts. This book has greatly enriched me, the reader. And it has sent me on a quest to one day, (hopefully), be the custodian of one of these great swords. I say custodian, because I have learned that you can never truly own one of these swords - you merely look after it for the following generation.
Wynton Visser -
This book starts with some history and the respect to be shown for the swords, and from there, it tells (with an abundant amount of pictures) just how every step in the process of the construction of the sword is performed, by the master sword smith himself, Mr. Yoshindo Yoshihara.
You will realize just how much effort goes into making a REAL sword,the CORRECT way.
I highly recommend this book, one of my favorites.
Top reviews from other countries
It contains an in-depth look into how a sword is forged & polished which is what I was looking for.