Masamune (Ebook)

eBook (PDF), 180 Pages
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Price: $29.90
It is often said that Masamune was the greatest Japanese swordsmith of all times From a mere technical point of view, it is next to impossible to say if there was one “greatest” swordsmith as the country brought forth so many great master smiths. Each of these masters had a personal approach in producing a perfect sword, and within these elite circles we are not only referring to technical perfection but also to aesthetical considerations. So putting aside the claim to name a “greatest,” we can at least say for sure that Masamune is by far the most famous swordsmith of Japan. The aim of this publication is to contribute to the understanding and appreciation of this great master, that is to say by not only presenting his works but also by providing a newly researched and detailed historic overview of his life and the circumstances in the establishment of a new forging tradition. This publication introduces more than 50 of his meibutsu (noted swords).
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  • By Caleb Mok
    Nov 12, 2015
    I count 27 plates of actual photos that show blades (including those smaller than 1/12 of page), 4 of which IMHO clearly show the jihada without suffering from severe pixelation/halftone effects from printing, 1 of which the plate was mostly nakago, with approximately 1"-2" of nagasa clearly showing splendid jihada. I am not knowledgable enough to write on how much value i think it has relative to others in same price cat./genre/publisher etc, but compared to all other books on Nihonto i can remember viewing, now remember clearly of, and enjoyed...incuding a 40000 yen book approximately 1.5' x 2' large with 100-200 full page plates of many kokuho Bizen tachi...I humbly submit this rating relative to how much i enjoyed it compared to EVERY other book i think i've seen. May i humbly note that a trend towards "the-more-pics-a-book-has-bigger-and-less-pixelated-the-more-expensive" can readily be observed so in this light you really, really do get what you paid for... More > especially considering the extensive research involved. Perhaps reviews allowing only purchasing customers but with anonymity allowed can be considered: it will provide much more honest reviews, i'm sure.< Less
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March 22, 2015
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