KUBIKIRI ASAEMON TOKEN OSHIGATA, Suiken,
Japanese swords oshigata
book by Suiken Fukunaga. Approx 450 illustrations are included.
Tameshigiri is translated as cutting test. Government sanctioned
body tests were carried out by the Yamada and Yamano family's,
for several generations
The name of Yamada "Kubikiri Asaemon" is famous. The Yamada family
was the execution officer of the Edo Shogunate. And the founder of
Yamada family is the Yamada Sadatake. Five generation of them
continued. And Their work was finished with the Meiji era.
Tameshigiri (Cutting Test) was a practical way to judge the
sharpness of sword blades. Using condemned criminals, this cutting
test were done by various ways. These two books written by Fukunaga
Sensei show the history of Tameshigiri, its system, method, and
tested blades with their oshigatas. Based on the famous Yamada
Family's secretive book 'Token Oshigata' and their methods to
examine the blade sharpness, many real photos and pictures are well
illustrated. Hundreds of famous blade and their oshigata which did
cutting test were listed.
Japanese text with many photos.
Hardcover approx 230 pages.
* Please note: The set of
books currently offered are missing their slipcovers. The top
photo is for recognition only.*
If you are interested in cutting test blades, this is the book for
I noted in 2/2014 there were
three sets of these books on e-bay ranging from $800 - $1077
$650 plus S/H
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