Encyclopedia of Japanese Swords
This completely new encyclopedic reference for the Japanese sword contains about 2,500 terms, many of them illustrated by photos and drawings. The Encyclopedia of Japanese Swords is an A-Z general encyclopedia covering each and every part of the sword: the blade, the mountings, the fittings, and all their different interpretations. Further, this encyclopedia also explains the literal or etymological meaning of each Japanese term and provides an even deeper insight into the subject.
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aikuchi applied appraisal artists ashi bakufu bamboo Bizen bōshi called carvings characters chisel Chō chōji copper cutting edge daishō decorated Edo period example extant forging fuchi fukurin goes back gold Gotō guntō habaki habuchi hada Hamon interpretation hataraki Heian period hilt wrapping Hon’ami HonŽami inlay Japan Japanese sword jigane Kamakura period Kami kaō kashira katana kazari-tachi Keichō kissaki kōgai kojiri koshigatana kotō kozuka Kyōhō lacquer later leather Masamune means Meibutsu mekugi mekugi-ana menuki metal motif mune Muromachi period nagasa naginata nakago Nara NBTHK nickname niku origami ornamental piece polishing pommel province reminds resembles samurai saya scabbard seen shaku shakudō shape shinogi shinogi-ji shintō shōgun signature silver smiths sometimes steel sukashi surface sword blade sword fittings sword form sword tester swordsmith tachi tameshigiri tang tantō technique Term to refer Test cuts Tōdaiji tsuba tsuka uchigatana usually utsuri wakizashi worn Yamato yari yokote zōgan