© Copyright Robert Cole 2015 - No copying or distributing -
The history of nihonto has its roots in early Japanese history with the CHOKUTO sword but is seen by scholarship as beginning with swords produced for the aristocracy in the NARA period by YAMATO smiths, AMAKUNI, AMAZA and SHINSOKU, leaders of the so-called, NARA School.
The familiar, curved Japanese sword came with the rise to political and governmental power of the BUSHI class; and departed from the world scene with the Samurai who left the closed offices of the quit TOKUGAWA SHOGUNATE following 1868.
This most perfect of all of the bladed weapons designed and used throughout history, NIHON-TO, "The Japanese Sword," lived and died with the Samurai class - that used them.
Please Take Note: While this
book is a technical treatise on the appraisal of Japanese
Samurai Swords and supports classically defined scholarship
and Japanese appraisal methodology, I have included corolary
treatments on certain historical events, legends and
battles, and also descriptions of selected works-of-art and
treasure pieces. There are three writing-styles
offered in this work. Descriptions of the Treasure pieces
are generally poetic, battles and histories are curt for the
sake of space and the technicals are pointed and clear.
|The Point of It All
The point of collecting and interest in this stuff is more than Art, more than history; the point is your exercising the mental capacity engage a universe of human experience and knowledge that is not found in common, or modern society.
To know, to bathe in and be enriched by the - artistic - historical - social - and intellectual experience of that world.
That's the point.
Don Verwayen, my friend - For the loan of his ancient word processor and his kind encouragements.
Makoto Miura, my friend - For the loan of reference and his constant support.
Robert Edwards - For gifts, only friends give
Elsie Mandot - For her very gracious support
(To all friends with abused books: You should have seen what I WENT THROUGH!)
John McCrindle - For the all-night ROM, RAM Rumba
Kathy Anderson - For her Table of Plenty
Deborah Davis - For the gift of Nelson's Modern Reader's Japanese-English Character Dictionary