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The Art of Japanese Sword Polishing free pdf To understand Japanese sword polishing is to understand the sword itself. Through the centuries, the great connoisseurs have been polishers. A swordsmith can spend much time forging a classic sword, but refining and bringing out its final shape, colour and texture so that all the details of the steel and hamon (temper line) are clearly visible is the skill of another craftsman: the sword polisher. An experienced polisher can instantly tell provenance, so distinctive is each smith's work and so vital is such knowledge to the skilled polisher. This is the first book in English to examine in detail the polisher's techniques: skills that take 10 years of apprenticeship to master. It illustrates the methods, materials, and tools used for this process, but its true aim is to enable the reader to fully appreciate the beauty of a well-crafted Japanese sword. As readers learn both how the sword polisher enhances the beauty of the blade and how he handles the problems of coaxing out its finest qualities, they will come to a deeper understanding of this fine art and will be able to purchase or collect swords with greater pleasure and deeper knowledge. It is vital to a true understanding of the Japanese Sword.

About Leon Kapp

SETSUO TAKAIWA is one of Japan's top sword polishers and is called upon by museums around the world, from Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to the British Museum, to help maintain their historic sword collections. YOSHINDO YOSHIHARA is ranked among the top swordsmiths in Japan. His family has been making tools and swords for several generations. LEON and HIROKO KAPP have studied Japanese swords for decades and are co-authors, with Yoshindo, of The Craft of the Japanese Sword and Modern Japanese Swords and Swordsmiths. The Kapps live in San Rafael, California. Yoshindo Yoshihara and Leon Kapp frequently lecture and give demonstrations in the United States.

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Author : Leon Kapp
Publisher : Kodansha International Ltd
Data Published : 05 April 2006
ISBN : 4770024940
EAN : 9784770024947
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 192 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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