B989. Nihonto Kogatana Zuikan
B989. Nihonto Kogatana Zuikan by Shibata. 1969. Hardbound with dust jacket and plastic jacket, 6 x 8 ½”, 174 pages in Japanese. Kogatana (small katana) are the knives that slide into pockets on scabbards of swords; their handles are kotsuka. Almost nothing has been written on this subject; I know of only 2 books (both on my site currently). I was able to find no other copies for sale online; this book is hard to come by. Hundreds of the blades are illustrated with photos and oshigata, and the text is thorough. Condition is good; the book has been read but there are no problems. 1 pound, 5 ounces. $70.