Connoisseur's Book Of Japanese Swords - Nagayama K. - Book
  • Connoisseur's Book Of Japanese Swords - Nagayama K. - Book

Connoisseur's Book Of Japanese Swords - Nagayama K. - Book

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This comprehensive guide to the appreciation and appraisal of the blades of Japanese swords provides all the background that readers need to become true co
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This comprehensive guide to the appreciation and appraisal of the blades of Japanese swords provides all the background that readers need to become true connoisseurs. The book is organized along historical lines for the sake of clarity and convenience, and its approach is always practical. Broad discussions of each tradition within the Gokaden focus on the features that distinguish specific schools and smiths - the various kinds of jihada. hamon, boshi, and hataraki favored in different periods and regions - making this an invaluable reference tool for all enthusiasts, especially those who wish to take part in kantei-kai, or sword appreciation meetings. Each section closes with an easy-reference chart summarizing the distinctive features of the work of various schools and smiths. Richly illustrated throughout with more than 550 of the author's own painstaking oshigata illustrations - sword tracings onto which details are penciled in by hand - 'The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords is easily the most informative and comprehensive guide to the blades of Japanese swords ever to appear in English. Kokan Nakayama is one of the great contemporary sword polishers. He has been designated a mukansa (''without supervision'') polisher, a level above the regular sword-polisher ranking system. He is a judge of both the sword polishing and swordsmithing competitions of the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai or NBTHK (Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords), for which organization he serves as an instructor of sword polishing. In 1967 in Kanagawa Prefecture he founded the Nagayama Kenshujo (Nagayama Japanese Sword-polishing Institute), where he taught the art of polishing to both polishers and smiths for twenty years. He has organized several token-kai (sword study groups) and instructed hundreds of sword enthusiasts. 1. HISTORY OF THE JAPANESE SWORD Early Background • Before the Mid-Heian Period: The Jokoto • Late Heian to Early Kamakura: Emergence of the Tachi • Mid- To Late Kamakura Period: Emergence of Unique Regional Styles • The Nanbokucho Period: The Origin of the O-Dachi • The Muromachi Period: The Uchigatana • The Momoyama Period: New Methods and Trends in Sword Production • The Edo Period: Emergence of Distinct Eastern and Western Styles • Late Edo Through Early Meiji: Emergence of the Shinshinto • Mid-Meiji Through the Present Day: Art Swords 2. SWORD AND APPRAISAL TERMINOLOGY Types of Swords • Parts of the Sword • Measuring the Japanese Sword • Types of Sword Structures • Tsurikomi • Types of Sori • Types of Kissaki • Types of Mune • Height and Width of the Shinogi • Determining the Condition of the Nakago • Types of Nakago • Types of Nakagojiri • Types of Yasurime • Types of Mei • Types of Hi • Types of Horimono • Jigane and Jihada • Nie and Nioi • Types of Hamon • Various Conditions Seen in Parts of the Hamon • Hataraki • Activity Within the Hamon • Boshi • Flaws and Defects 3. THE WORKMANSHIP OF THE LEADING SWORDSMITHS Basic Classification of the Gokaden in Koto Times • The Main Schools and Workmanship of Early Japanese Swords • The Main Schools and Evolution of the Yamashiro Tradition • The Main Schools and Evolution of the Yamato Tradition • The Main Schools and Evolution of the Bizen Tradition • The Main Schools and Evolution of the Soshu Tradition • The Main Schools and Evolution of the Mino Tradition • Workmanship of Shinto Times • Provinces and Schools of Shinto Times • Workmanship of Shinshinto Times 4. GUlDE TO JAPANESE SWORD APPRECIATION Appreciation • Care of the Blade • Preparation for Nyusatsu Kantei • Koto Dozen List • Shinto and Shinshinto Dozen List • List of Swordsmiths Often Featured in Kantei-kai
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