"Tracks the fundamental transition from the sword as a mythological instrument to a functional tool for war, and finally to the display art commodity it is today." -- "Publishers Weekly" Author Colin M. Roach collaborated with top-level artisans, historians, and martial arts experts to create a unique, in-depth study of these magnificent weapons from a historical, iconographical, and technological perspective. In addition to a foreword by seventh degree iaido black belt Nicklaus Suino and a sidebar by Mukansa-level polisher Abe Kazunori, "Japanese Swords" includes rare looks into the world of Mukansa-level swordsmiths Kawachi Kunihira and Gassan Sadatoshi. Complemented by hundreds of stunning high-resolution photos and a DVD, "Japanese Swords" is a must-have addition to any Japanophile's library.
"This oversized 176-page hardcover is overflowing with color and black-and-white photographs."--Black Belt
Colin M. Roach has a passion for Japan's archetypal warrior culture and has trained with some of the top teachers of aikido and iaido in Japan and America. His previous publications include: "The Sword of Compassion" and "The Yama Oroshi Dojo" and "the Art of Traditional Japanese Swordsmanship." He lives in Utah with his family.