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Katana - The Samurai Sword

by Osprey

Category: Historical Books
Genre: Book - Reference - Historical
Product Line: Weapon - Assorted
Author: Stephen Turnbull
Publish Date: 2010
Pages: 80
Dimensions: 7.25x9.75x.25"
In Print: Yes
Condition: MINT/New    
NKG part # Mfg. part # Type Condition
2147960304 OSPWEAP005 WEAP5 Softcover MINT/New

The Samurai sword of Japan is probably the finest edged weapon ever made. This volume by leading Samurai expert Stephen Turnbull reveals the story of how and why it achieved this distinction. Particular attention is paid to the development of the familiar curved blade from the original straight blades, the associated development of Japanís famous steel-making techniques and the challenges from contemporary warfare. Together with the technical details of forging, polishing, mounting and testing; this volume is brought to life with details of the great swordmakers themselves. Moreover, no history of the sword would be complete without a detailed examination of its use in combat, from the greatest Samurai armies to individual duels and revenge killings. Personal accounts allow the reader to discover the art of Japanese swordsmanship in the hands of masters such as Miyamoto Musashi to the unnamed Japanese warrior defending his familyís honor. This lively text is perfectly complemented by artwork reconstructions of the sword in use and color photographs of the swords in use.

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