The purpose of this brief handbook is to furnish samurai-sword owners and collectors with information about their swords, to relate some of the intriguing history and legends surrounding them, and to emphasize their artistic value.
Contents: 1. Japanese History and the Samurai Sword, 2. Types of Swords, 3. Parts of the Sword, 4. Blade Shape, Construction, and Grain, 5. The Making of the Sword, 6. Inscriptions and Their Readings, 7. Care and Maintenance, 8. Appraisal and Value, 9. Relative Point Values plus biblioography, glossary and Old Provinces and Modern Prefectures.
Published by Charles E. Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vermont & Tokyo, Japan, 1970
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