FACTS AND FUNDAMENTALS OF JAPANESE SWORDS: A COLLECTOR'S GUIDE
Author: Nobuo Nakahara
Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, Sep 2010
A practical, comprehensive volume that offers info enabling collectors to evaluate the veracity & quality of swords that they are considering acquiring or already have in their collections. Provides very specific, useful lessons by the author that serve as virtual hands-on experiences. 300+ B&W Photos & Illus; 7.5x10 inches, 192 pgs.
Translated and adapted by Paul Martin.
Facts & Fundamentals of Japanese Swords is a practical, comprehensive volume that offers information, along with 300 photos & illustrations, enabling collectors to evaluate the veracity & quality of swords that they are considering acquiring or already have in their collections.
The book is divided into three sections: An Overview of the Japanese Sword , The Forged Sword , & Consequences of Modification & Wear . Each section provides very specific, useful lessons by the author that serve as virtual hands-on experiences. With easily understandable examples, the author precisely instructs readers on how to discern & obtain a "healthy" blade, while avoiding fakes or potentially problematic blades. In addition, he shows not only the difference in styles & shapes of blades, but explains what the differences mean & how to interpret them from a buyer's/collector's point of view.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S):
Nobuo Nakahara was the apprentice of a leading Japanese sword specialist, until 1978, when he went out on his own. He publishes a bi-monthly Japanese sword journal, lectures frequently, & is the author of several books in Japanese.
Paul Martin, a Japanese sword researcher & curator, is a former member of the Department of Japanese Antiquities at the British Museum, London. He has translated the text, & drawn on his extensive experience & expertise in the field to adapt the author's theories & discussions, making them more accessible to Western readers.