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This is not the type of sword book with endless lists of smiths and schools. It is a book designed to bring readers fundamental information to enable them to assess the veracity and quality of a blade.For this reason, the book provides very practical information on how to obtain a "healthy" blade, identify a fake or problematic blade, and how to assess the quality and value of a blade being considered for purchase.
Nobuo Nakahara was the apprentice of a leading Japanese sword specialist, until 1978, when he went out on his own. He publishes a bi-monthly Japanese sword journal, lectures frequently, and is the author of several books in Japanese.