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Cutting Edge: Japanese Swords in the British Museum

by Victor Harris

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"A fully illustrated catalogue of a hundred swords and their fittings that accompanied an exhibition at the British Museum from October 2004 to March 2005." And I lost an entire day of my life to that great exhibition. ( )
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The Japanese sword has long been appreciated both as a weapon and as an object of art. No culture, besides the Japanese, has developed the sword to such a level of technological excellence, or raised it to such a position of spiritual importance. As a cutting weapon, the fully developed curved sword of the samurai was uniquely effective. As a cultural object, it offers invaluable insights into the social and spiritual history of the Japanese people.

Cutting Edge offers a fascinating introduction to the design, manufacture, and collecting of these Japanese weapons. It covers the development of sword designs, traditional forging methods, regional variations in style, and signature works by legendary craftsmen, and includes hundreds of photos, with 16 pages in full color.

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