B926. The Art of Japanese Sword Polishing by Takaiwa, Yoshihara, & Kapp
B926. The Art of Japanese Sword Polishing by Setsuo Takaiwa, Yoshindo Yoshihara, and Leon & Hiroko Kapp. 2006. Hardbound with slipcase, 8 x 10 1/2″, 192 pages in English. I was a bit hesitant to list this book; I’m afraid some knucklehead will buy it and after once through he’ll think he knows how to polish a sword. Only an idiot would think he could learn something so complex from reading a book. If you buy this, treat it for what it is: an explanation of the art, not a how to.
The book examines the history and process of polishing, delves into different aspects of a polish, and finishes with profiles of 5 classicly trained polishers.
Condition is excellent. 1 pound, 15 ounces. $45.