Art Of Japanese Sword Polishing - Takaiwa S. - Yoshihara Y. - Kapp L. - Book
  • Art Of Japanese Sword Polishing - Takaiwa S. - Yoshihara Y. - Kapp L. - Book

Art Of Japanese Sword Polishing - Takaiwa S. - Yoshihara Y. - Kapp L. - Book

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To understand Japanese sword polishing is to understand the Japanese sword. Down through the years, the great sword connoisseurs in Japan have been sword p
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To understand Japanese sword polishing is to understand the Japanese sword. Down through the years, the great sword connoisseurs in Japan have been sword polishers. A swordsmith can spend a large amount of time forging a classic sword, but refining and bringing out its final shape, color and texture so that all the details of the steel and hamon (the temper line) are clearly visible is the responsibility of another craftsman - the sword polisher. An experienced polisher can tell immediately by whom a blade was made, so discintctive is each smith's work and so vital is such knowledge to the skilled polisher. The Art of Japanese Sword Polishing is the first book in English to examine in great detail the polisher's techniques - skills it often takes up to ten years of apprenticeship to master. The book illustrates the methods, materials and tools used for this process. But its true aim is to enable the reader to fully appreciate the beauty of a well-crafted Japanese sword. As readers learn both how the sword polisher enhances the beauty of the blade and how he handles the problems of coaxing out its finest qualities through his polishing techniques, they will come to a deeper understanding of the fine art of making the Japanese sword and will be able to view, purchase or collect swords with greater pleasure. Setsuo Takaiwa (b. 1947) started his carrier as a sword polisher by apprenticing to Matsuo Fujishiro, who later became a Living National Treasure, when Takaiwa was sixteen years old. He has won the Special Prize from the Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords, one of the highest prizes in this field, more than ten times. He received the title of Superior Craftsmen in 1980 and was designated a Living Treasure of Katsushika Ward in 2000. Yoshindo Yoshihara is a swordsmith who is ranked among the top sword craftsmen in Japan. His family has been making tools and swords for several generations, and his son is also a swordsmith who now works with him in Tokyo. Leon Kapp is a cell and molecular biologist working in the San Francisco Bay area. He has spent a considerable amount of time studying Japanese swords with the swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara. Preface PART I THE POLISHER AS ARTISAN 1. Introduction to the Polisher's Craft 2. The Polisher's Materials and Methods 3. Evaluating the Polish 4. History of Polishing PART II THE POLISHING PROCESS 5. Background 6. Foundation Polishing 7. Finish Polishing PART III PROFILES OF SWORD POLISHERS • Fujishiro Matsuo • Fujishiro Okisato • Yanagawa Seiji • Shinozaki Masanori • Takaiwa Setsuo APPENDICES • Acknowledgments • Bibliography • Index
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