The modern era of Japanese swords began with the Meiji restoration in 1868 The demand for new swords fell drastically, and by 1876, there was almost no work for most sword smiths However, with the expansion of Japanese military organizations, a new demand for traditional swords developed and this became very important by around 1930 As a result of this, there was a large increase in the number of swords being made, and there was an effort to train many new sword smiths The major groups and people involved in these efforts are described here In addition, there was a strong emphasis on making fully traditional Japanese swords, and all of these smiths tried to conform with these demands However, there was not enough of the traditional Japanese steel called tama hagane to meet the demand, and consequently, not all swords were fully traditional, although most did appear to be fully traditional Almost all of the swords made at this time were also mounted in functional mountings which were suitable for use at this time These swords are shown and described along with the steel used in their construction, their shapes and hamon Examples from some of the the most prominent smiths are shown and briefly discussed, and the major schools and groups of sword smiths working at the time are also described This was the beginning of the Gendaito period for Japanese swords which began with the beginning of the Meiji period at the end of the feudal period However, these early Gendaito are different in many respects from the traditional Gendaito made after WWII ended in 1945....
|Title||:||Modern Japanese Swords: The Beginning of the Gendaito era|
|Publisher||:||CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform July 21, 2015|
|Number of Pages||:||154 pages|
|File Size||:||569 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Modern Japanese Swords: The Beginning of the Gendaito era Reviews
While I commend the efforts of anyone who takes the time to actual publish a book, I was, frankly, disappointed with this publication. I had hoped for some new research and scholarship since much has been discovered regarding swords of this period over the last 20 years, but instead, saw little new insight and several old and erroneous opinions presented, seemingly oblivious to new research in the field.
The appreciation of Japanese swords (nihonto), as primarily instruments of killing, is best understood within the framework of centuries of constant warfare spanning the history of Japan. Accordingly, the quality and artistic merit of nihonto over time has varied according to the supply, demand, and economics of war, with periods of intense fighting when war chest coffers were running low often resulting in low quality mass-produced blades. As a result, among afficionados of nihonto, there have been no more maligned swords than those of the Showa period, beginning in 1926 and running through World War II when Japanese swordmaking increasingly turned to non-traditional materials and techniques of mass production. With Imperial Japan's ultimate defeat and surrender in 1945, swordmaking was prohibited and discontinued altogether as the country became a pacifist nation such that swords of this era were regarded as an unpleasant reminder of a violent and humiliating past.