B183. Nihonto no Kokoro To Waza
B183. Nihonto no Kokoro To Waza. 2004. Paperbound, 8 ¼ x 11 ¾”, 144 pages in Japanese. This is, I believe, a presentation of modern Nihonto art: newly made swords, polishing, habaki making, kodogu making, and more. 50 brand new swords and 12 newly polished great old blades are shown in 1st class black & white photos. Color photos show the kodogu and habaki. There is a section on sword care and etiquette, another on tying the sageo and sword bags, and pictures with short bios of the artists. And at the back of the book, a foldout, full length photo of a Kokuho (National Treasure) Yoshifusa tachi. This is a beautiful book.
The top edge of the front cover has been touched just a bit; otherwise the book is like new. 1 pound, 15 ounces. Was $70, now $55.