The Art of the Japanese Sword (Book published September 10, 2012


Book Details

Author  Yoshindo Yoshihara
Publisher  Tuttle Publishing
Publication Date   September 10, 2012
ISBN  4805312408
Pages  256

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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

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