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E Tameshigiri By Markus Sesko
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The legendary sharpness of Japanese swords is widely known, and through the activities of various martial arts practitioner’s information on tameshigiri has also become more accessible in the... More > recent years. But, for a large part, this information focusses on modern cutting tests and only briefly discusses the historical aspect. As far as sword collectors are concerned, the subject of tameshigiri has been approached by several experts in the past, but here too information is rather limited. This publication systematically processes this subject for the first time to provide an overview of the historical aspect of tameshigiri. Not only are the developments from mere sword tests to systematic cutting tests are addressed, it also explains the sword testers, the various cuts and set-ups for cuts, and the practice of recording cutting test results on sword tangs for example. It is rounded-off by a reference section which provides examples of tameshi-mei.< Less
Tameshigiri - The History and Development of Japanese Sword Testing By Markus Sesko
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The legendary sharpness of Japanese swords is widely known, and through the activities of various martial arts practitioner’s information on tameshigiri has also become more accessible in the... More > recent years. But, for a large part, this information focusses on modern cutting tests and only briefly discusses the historical aspect. As far as sword collectors are concerned, the subject of tameshigiri has been approached by several experts in the past, but here too information is rather limited. This publication systematically processes this subject for the first time to provide an overview of the historical aspect of tameshigiri. Not only are the developments from mere sword tests to systematic cutting tests are addressed, it also explains the sword testers, the various cuts and set-ups for cuts, and the practice of recording cutting test results on sword tangs for example. It is rounded-off by a reference section which provides examples of tameshi-mei.< Less
e-Koshirae - Japanese Sword Mountings By Markus Sesko
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With this publication I try to systematically and comprehensively process the subject „Japanese sword mountings“. It was not my goal to depict as many extant interpretations of sword... More > mountings as possible but to deal with the different forms of them. With this publication the reader should be informed in which way Japanese swords were mounted over the time, where were the origins of the various forms, what changes did they undergo and it should also serve as reference material to classify extant specimen. In this sense the descriptions were embedded in an explanation of the historical context rather then listing them just by their interpretation or in an alphabetical order. As the main focus lies on „koshirae“, an explanation of the sword fittings – the tosogu – was omitted, because descriptions of them can be easily found elsewhere. Also the military mountings – the gunto-koshirae – were left out because there are excellent publications available which deal with them in great detail.< Less
e-Legends and Stories around the Japanese Sword 2 By Markus Sesko
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This is now the second volume of my book „Legends and Stories around the Japanese Sword“. Once more I try to bring the reader closer to the Japanese sword and dig deeper into the matter... More > by the means of legends, stories and anecdotes about famous swords and their swordsmiths. Like in the first volume, I introduce several famous meito or meibutsu, for example the Kogarasu-maru, Yoshimoto-Samonji, Takemata-Kanemitsu, Kuronbogiri-Kagehide, Tsurumaru-Kuninaga and many more. And the stories deal among other things with the greatest swordsmiths in Japanese history like Masamune, Muramasa, Samonji, Kiyomaro and Kotetsu, to name only a few.< Less
e-Legends and Stories around the Japanese Sword By Markus Sesko
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In the last years and decades several publications and translations on the subject of the Japanese Sword have been published in the West. In this way, the historical background, the characteristics... More > of the blades, smiths, and schools, as well as the art of sword forging, and the sword fittings were introduced and explained. The aim of this publication is now to bring the reader closer to the role the Japanese sword – the nihontô – played in the warrior class and the Japanese society, namely by the means of legends, stories, and anecdotes on famous swords and their swordsmiths, embedded in an explanation of the background and other relevant facts. In the end, the reader should have an idea about the high value that was placed on this proverbial legendary weapon that span than a thousand years of Japanese history (and even still today as an object of art). The aim was to obtain a balance between easy access for beginners and detailed facts for confirmed enthusiasts.< Less
E Masters of Keicho Shinto By Markus Sesko
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E Masters of Keicho-Shinto. Featured swordsmiths: Umetada Myouju, Horikawa Kunihiro, Horikawa Kunitomo, Horikawa Kuniyasu, Horikawa Kunimasa, Awa no Kami Ariyoshi, Fujiwara Hirozane, Osumi no Jo... More > Masahiro, Dewa no Daijo Kunimichi, Horikawa Yoshikuni, Horikawa Hiroyuki, Etchu no Kami Masatoshi, Iga no Kami Kinmichi, Echigo no Kami Kinmichi, Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi, Noda Hankei, Nanki Shigekuni, Tegai Kanekuni, Echizen Yasutsugu, Higo no Daijo Sadakuni, Echizen Kanenori, Echizen Kanetane, Yamato no Daijo Masanori, Wakasa Fuyuhiro, Kashu Kanewaka, Sagami no Kami Masatsune, Hida no Kami Ujifusa, Hoki no Kami Nobutaka, Kaneie/Nobuie, Aki Teruhiru 1st, Aki Teruhiro 2nd, Hizen Tadayoshi, Hizen Munetsugu, Dotanuki Kiyokuni< Less
eNihon-shinshinto-shi (English) By Markus Sesko
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I now complete the series with the „Nihon-shinshinto-shi“, the history of the shinshinto era of Japanese swords, starting from Suishinshi Masahide´s initiation of a new trend around... More > An´ei (1772-1781) to the ban on swords issued by the Meiji government in 1876. As with the „Nihon-koto-shi“ and the „Nihon-shinto-shi“, the reader should be able to grasp a coherent picture of the backgrounds and scholastic activities around the Japanese sword at the end of the feudal era. Finally, the time scale must not be overlooked: The „Nihon-koto-shi“ had to deal with roughly 800 years, from the Nara to the end of the Muromachi period, and the „Nihon-shinto-shi“ comprised „just“ about 200 years, whereas the shinshinto era lasted only about a century.< Less
Nihon-shinshinto-shi - The History of the shinshinto Era of Japanese Swords By Markus Sesko
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I now complete the series with the „Nihon-shinshinto-shi“, the history of the shinshinto era of Japanese swords, starting from Suishinshi Masahide´s initiation of a new trend around... More > An´ei (1772-1781) to the ban on swords issued by the Meiji government in 1876. As with the „Nihon-koto-shi“ and the „Nihon-shinto-shi“, the reader should be able to grasp a coherent picture of the backgrounds and scholastic activities around the Japanese sword at the end of the feudal era. Finally, the time scale must not be overlooked: The „Nihon-koto-shi“ had to deal with roughly 800 years, from the Nara to the end of the Muromachi period, and the „Nihon-shinto-shi“ comprised „just“ about 200 years, whereas the shinshinto era lasted only about a century.< Less
Legends and Stories around the Japanese Sword 2 By Markus Sesko
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This is now the second volume of my book „Legends and Stories around the Japanese Sword“. Once more I try to bring the reader closer to the Japanese sword and dig deeper into the matter... More > by the means of legends, stories and anecdotes about famous swords and their swordsmiths. Like in the first volume, I introduce several famous meito or meibutsu, for example the Kogarasu-maru, Yoshimoto-Samonji, Takemata-Kanemitsu, Kuronbogiri-Kagehide, Tsurumaru-Kuninaga and many more. And the stories deal among other things with the greatest swordsmiths in Japanese history like Masamune, Muramasa, Samonji, Kiyomaro and Kotetsu, to name only a few.< Less
Koshirae - Japanese Sword Mountings By Markus Sesko
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With this publication I try to systematically and comprehensively process the subject of „Japanese sword mountings“. It was not my goal to depict as many extant interpretations of sword... More > mountings as possible but to deal with their different styles. With this publication the reader will be informed in which way the Japanese swords were mounted over time, the origins of the various styles, what changes they underwent and it will also serve as a reference material to classify extant specimen. In this sense the descriptions were embedded in an explanation of their historical context rather then listing them simply by their interpretation or in alphabetical order. As the main focus lies on „koshirae“, explanations on the sword fittings – the tosogu – were omitted because their descriptions can be easily found elsewhere. Also, the military mountings – the gunto-koshirae – were left out because there are excellent publications available which deal with them in great detail.< Less