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The Illustrated Directory Swords & Sabres: A Visual Encyclopedia Of Edged Weapons, Including Swords, Sabres, Pikes, Polearms And Lances, With Over 550 Photographs

A comprehensive guide to edged weapons, from early stone age flint hand axes to the swords of World War I

Paperback: 160 pages

Publisher: Southwater (March 16, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1844769860

ISBN-13: 978-1844769865

Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.3 x 11.7 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Not only is the content of the book great, but the pictures are beautiful. I'm a hobbyist bladesmith and know something of the history of swords and knives throughout the world, but this book had a few surprises in it for me. All of that being said, it is written in a very approachable manner, the information easy to find and elegantly delivered.

This book has hundreds of good sword pictures and comments about the individual swords pictured. A lot of good information, and I am certainly happy with my purchase. I have spend several happy hours with it. I do recommend it highly. However, I find it just a little dry, with its standard format of 3 swords with 3 paragraphs per page, and enjoyed "Swords and hilt weapons" more, with its dozens of interesting articles by many scholars, with fewer pictures. I would recomend it as your first sword book. If you are a serious collector or sword aficionado, you really should have both books.

Nice Photos and presentation. The photos were very helpful for research. There were many unexpected and rather curious pieces. A great addition to any historical library.

Bought for a young one who's fascinated by swords. Great pix & descriptions... very few pictures of bloody body parts; great for my li'l guy.

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