Rutland, Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1997. M. Kuwata (jacket design). First Edition. Thirty-fourth printing. Hardcover. Used - Very Good/Fine. Brown illustrated cloth boards. Head of spine bumped. Corners sharp. Binding tight and square. Text box clean, unmarked, bright. B/W illustrations. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. 15.5 x 20.5 cm. 191 pp. / Very Good. Some edgewear. Head of spine has corresponding bump. Otherwise little wear. Item #7111
The samurai sword: a symbol of the spirit of old Japan, it embodies the samurai's steel discipline, unswerving devotion and peerless skill. With its creation, a feat of craftsmanship passed down by generations of artisans; the samurai sword is considered by most to be superior even to the famed blades of Western Damascus and Toledo.
The Samurai Sword Handbook is a precise exploration of the samurai sword designed for sword collectors as well as anyone intrigued by these ancient blades. Detailing the origins and development of the samurai sword, its historical background, styles, prestigious schools and differences in construction, this classic reference outlines methods of identifying and researching the sword, as well as caring for it properly.