"Facts and Fundamentals of Japanese Swords by Nobuo Nakahara"

“Facts and Fundamentals of Japanese Swords by Nobuo Nakahara”

This volume is an invaluable resource for both new enthusiasts and experienced collectors of traditionally forged Japanese blades-whether long swords, short swords, or daggers. Nobuo Nakahara, a Japanese sword researcher and lecturer, takes a rational and discriminating approach to sword appreciation, closely examining long-held ideas and reevaluating them from a historical and functional perspective.

His clear explanations and frank opinions will enable readers to evaluate the condition of a blade, determine whether it is “healthy” or problematic, and easily recognize the fundamental elements that characterize works of enduring value.

Nakahara covers a broad range of information, including a summary of the historical development of blade shapes, detailed explanations of the different parts of a blade from tip to tang, a look at the effects of polishing, instructions for sword maintenance, points to consider when buying a sword, detailed explanations of blade grooves and engravings, and an in-depth discussion of suriage, the shortening of the blade-an area that is rarely given attention even though it is one of the most important aspects of sword appreciation.

Nakahara’s comprehensive descriptions, along with approximately 300 photos and drawings, make “Facts and Fundamentals of Japanese Swords” an immensely practical and relevant guide not only for serious collectors, but for anyone who enjoys or wishes to learn more about these classic works of art.

Interesting. Now for show but in feudal times, it was meant for nothing but to chop your opponent in half or sculpt him as you wished. The sword is the soul of the samurai. In much of feudal times, it was also for show, especially in the Tokugawa era. High ranking samurai were never expected to actually use their swords, let alone the rank and file during the long periods of relative peace.

It’s fascinating to learn about the historical significance and functional aspects of Japanese swords, and how they have evolved over time. Whether for practical use or as a collector’s item, the artistry and craftsmanship of these blades continue to captivate enthusiasts around the world.