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Spirit Of The Sword: A Celebration Of Artistry And Craftsmanship

Live the Legend. Feel the SteelSteeped in lore and legend, swords evoke images of samurai swordsmen, knights in shining armor, the glint of hardened steel, the charge of mounted cavalry. Spirit of the Word is a stunning visual journey through the history of the simplest and greatest weapon ever devised. More than 300 detailed photos of swords throughout the centuries and from around the worldScenes from the ancient swordmaking capitals of EuropeThe magic of the Japanese sword, including a profile of Yoshindo Yoshihara, the world's greatest living swordsmithSwords on the Big Screen: a cinematic exploration of sword mythology For the historian, for the collector, for the edged weapon enthusiast, Spirit of the Sword is the perfect one-volume guide to the history and mystique of the world's long blades. From, fascinating information on the history of swords from around the world to helpful tips on collecting and displaying swords, you'll find in Spirit of the Sword.

Paperback: 240 pages

Publisher: Krause Publ (October 3, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1440211566

ISBN-13: 978-1440211560

Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #118 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Firearms & Weapons > Swords & Knives

It's a beautiful book, full color, well illustrated, and I really enjoyed pouring over it, but it's more a catalog than book. Certainly there are a few good articles in there, but 1/2 the book looks like a Blade Magazine catalog.I'm glad I have the book, I'm a sword collector, and it's a nice addition to the library, but people expecting something more academic or informative will be disappointed. A better book covering swords of different types and periods would be "The Book of Swords" by Hank ReinhardtEoghan Odinsson, Black Belt & Award Winning Author of "Northern Lore: A Field Guide To The Northern Mind, Body & Spirit"

The sword is majestic, and is much a work of art as it is a tool for war. "Spirit of the Sword: A Celebration of Artistry and Craftsmanship" analyzes the artistry and craft that goes into the swords around the world, explaining why such a weapon still holds fresh in the minds of many. Both Europe and Asia embraced the sword, and the cultural clash still creates new designs today. Looking at not only the craft, but the craftsmen, "Spirit of the Sword" is a fine coffee table book for anyone who loves the craft and respects the craftsmen.

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One could easily be disappointed by this book if you don't have a firm idea of exactly what it's about, so I warn potential buyers not to get it for the wrong reasons. Had I been a modern sword collector of some sort, I could imagine giving this book a much higher rating.This book is for reproduction sword collectors of all kinds, period. It has nothing to do with history, and nothing to do with swordsmanship. It is filled with pictures and collector type commentary on reproduction swords of all stripes. It is a thick collection of shameless sword-porn that will constantly assault the senses. As such, it even has a long directory (as a major chapter of the book, no less) of sword fabricators/dealers, and little bios of various sword fabricators.As a martial artist/swordsman, I found it useless and distasteful. As a historian, I found that it had nothing whatsoever to do with history (and so also useless and distasteful).But as I said, it may appeal to some, but I can't recommend it to anyone I know.

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