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Modern Japanese Swordsmiths 1868-1945
by John Slough

A must have book for all English speaking collectors.  Excellent reference and detail on the most common era of Japanese swords found in the US today.

272 pages, 8 x 11" soft cover

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cover The Japanese Sword : A Comprehensive Guide
by Kanzan Sato, Joe Earle

Must have.  Detailed descriptions on the most famous swords in Japan today.  Excellent information on the five traditions.  A great read and reference book.

 

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cover Samurai Sword a Handbook
by John Yumoto

Must have.  Yumoto Sensei's little book is indispensable.

 

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cover The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords
by Kokan Nagayama, Kenji Mishina

If you are serious about learning kantei, you must have this book.  By far the most comprehensive kantei book in English.

 

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cover The Craft of the Japanese Sword
by Kapp & Yoshihara

Another must have for all Japanese Sword Collectors.   Excellent information on sword construction, habaki making and saya making.  A little side note... Yoshindo's name is actually pronounced YoshiWara.

 

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Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks
by Richard Fuller, Ron Gregory

Richard Fuller's book (this is the larger one) is jam packed with information on Japanese Military Swords.

 

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Military Swords of Japan 1868-1945
by Richard Fuller, Ron Gregory

If you have a gunto, you should have this book.   Not as detailed as the Japanese Military and Civil Swords and Dirks but very inexpensive.

 

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cover Arms and Armor of the Samurai
by Stephen Turnbull, Ian Bottomley, A. P. Hopson

Excellent book that outlines the historical development of the Samurai, their Armor and Arms.  Great pictures and lots of superb historical information.

 

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cover Musashi
by Eiji Yoshikawa, Charles S. Terry

Not a must have, but a GREAT reading historical novel about Japan's most popular swordsman-Miyamoto Musashi.  It is up there with Tom Clancy's novels.  I read it twice and will read it again.

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Taiko : An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan
by Eiji Yoshikawa, William Scott Wilson

Same author as Musashi, this book is mostly about Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the person credited with the unification of Japan.  In my opinion this book is an excellent way to learn Japanese History in the 1500 and 1600s.   It also gives you an insight into Japanese culture and mindset.  Inspiring to say the least.

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