B745. Nihonto Bizen Den Taikan by Okazaki
B745. Nihonto Bizen Den Taikan by Okazaki. 1975. Hardbound with slipcase and cardboard storage box, 8 ½ x 12”, 970 pages in Japanese. A large portion of the swords we see (near half maybe) were made by the Bizen Den smiths. The importance and usefulness of this book can’t be over stated; this is a great reference. Crisp photos and well done oshigata by the hundreds, and at the end a section with photos of kodogu from Bizen. This book is indexed in the “Index of Japanese Sword Literature” on the JSS/US website.
Of the major taikans, this is one of the more difficult to find. This copy is in excellent condition 11 pounds, 6 ounces. $650.