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  • By marc dugas
    Nov 27, 2017
    When I first started collecting nihonto, I made the classic blunder of buying before reading. As a result I ended up with a great deal of junk, which was incredibly disheartening. So I began to read, and study. The superb Japanese tomes that are translated into English were incredibly informative, but lacked a certain simplicity needed for the rank amateur to understand what your were looking at. Mr. Brockbank and Mr. Benson have collated a stunning easy to understand but subtly sophisticated collection, perfect for the layman or the scholar. Between books of this caliber and the excellent education I received from Mr. Brockbank, my knowledge and appreciation of Nihonto has expanded remarkably. I think in another 20 years or so, I may actually have the skill necessary to know what I'm looking at! Thank you both for the efforts made on behalf of the novice.
  • By roger.vuilleumier
    Apr 20, 2010
    Japanese Swords of the Bizen Tradition Excellent photography and text. Utsuri is visible in some of the photos, and the boshi in nearly all. Each sword has its own oshigata which do wonders to help the reader to discern the more subtle activity in the hamon. The English text is all that you would expect from a man of Robert Benson's qualifications: detailed, eloquent and to the point. I would like to mention that the paper is of excellent quality and the spiral binding is very convenient. All in all I prefer the photography to the Compton/Christie's books, the text is much more informative, and the oshigata add immeasurably. Roger Vuilleumier
  • By douglas lewis
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Japanes swords of the Bizen Tradition" my only complaint about this book is i wanted more of it. photography is suberb. comments insightful, well written and even understandable to a beginner nihonto-phile like myself. if you are serious about learning nihonto, or think you already know a little --- buy this book!!!
  • By nsealrob
    Mar 3, 2008
    "Japanes swords of the Bizen Tradition." All i can say about this book, Just perfect for all those how just started learning the japanese nihonto. Besite of that you will find some new information,theory about surten sword makers of the Bizen tradition. photography is suberb and explanation admirrable. This book will help "me" explore the world of nihonto!!! I would like to thank Robert Benson & Darcy Brockbank for there reschurts and all the time they put in this book!! R. Kauffman
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First Edition
Darcy Brockbank
January 30, 2008
Interior Ink
Full color
1.1 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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