The Tameshigiri book is almost finished. Writing is done and the last chapters are now proof read and then comes final formatting. I mentioned earlier and on the NMB that I am going to write a book on Gendaito in fall. Start of the project will be fall this year after I return from the US early October. I already gratefully received support in the form of books but I have to get some more so that I am able to cover the subject thoroughly. What I now need is further references in the form of blade/oshigata pictures. For that, I have created a separate email address, “firstname.lastname@example.org“. Everyone who has data to support this project is cordially invited to send me pictures and texts. I guess everybody knows what kind of pics are expected from such a publication, i.e. tangs in top view with either a white or black background and the like. Please understand that I will not reply individually to each mail. This email address is used to gather reference material and I will report back when there are questions. Thus I say hereby thank you very much for all data you are able to provide! Also please note that the copyright has to be ensured. That means if you have the copyright, you agree to pass it on to me with sending me the pictures. All data will only be used and published in course of the Gendaito Project. As this is still a one-man-show here and I might have to postpone other projects, I would also greatly welcome any financial support to make this project happen “smoothly.” That means I am not going to use kickstarter or any other crowdfunding because I am going to tackle the project anyway. It is just for keeping it on a steady course and not to have it largely interrupted by other projects as everybody knows, bills are not going to wait until this book is finished 😉 So everyone who wants to support the Gendaito Project, please use the “donate” button on the very bottom of this blog. I thank you a lot in advance and all those who do this in a “larger scale” will receive a signed copy of the book when finished of course. As indicated, this publication should be as complete as possible so we are talking here about a price in the upper two-digits or lower three-digits range for the finished book. Thank you for your attention!
I was asked to provide a preview for the KOSHIRAE-TAIKAN. Please take a look at the PDF posted below:
As announced on the Nihonto Message Board and before I am away from all my books in the end of July, I compiled upon enquiry a enlarged color hardcover 8.25″ x 10.75″ format version of my previously published book Koshirae – Japanese Sword Mountings. The initial book had 202 black and white pages, as 6.6″ x 10.25″ paperback. Shifted to the new format, it would come up to about 140 pages. So the new version is with its 402 pages actually about twice as extensive. The extension concerns not only many color versions of the old pics and a plus of many full-color koshirae pics, the book now also contains a section on koshirae seen on paintings and portraits and the full! koshirae section (84 plates) of the famous 18th century illustrated standard work Shûko-jûshu. And because it feels now comprehensive and substantial enough, I named the publication KOSHIRAE-TAIKAN. The price is 169 USD for the hardcover, and 79 USD for the eBook.
Please understand that as far as the price is concerned, about 100 USD makes just the color and hardcover printing. Another factor for the price is that the expected copies sold will be in the lower double-digit range.
The printed hardcover copy is only available over me, that means please contact me via mail (email@example.com) if you want to order the KOSHIRAE-TAIKAN. In other words, upon transfer (PayPal or wire, what you prefer), I will have a copy print and shipped to you at Lulu.com. That´s the easiest way. For the eBook, please also contact me. I will then give you a direct link where you can order your copy as usual.
Last but not least the SHINSHINTO-MEIKAN , arranged to a 242 pages hardcover book in the format 8.25″ wide x 10.75″ tall. It is a classic meikan format book with pictures of about 640 tangs of about 250 shinto smiths. A list of all featured smiths can be found as PDF below (the “double-entries” refer to different smiths/generations with the same name).
The price is 49.90 USD for the hardcover copy and 24.90 USD for the eBook.
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Now the SHINTO-MEIKAN follows, arranged to a 456 pages hardcover book in the format 8.25″ wide x 10.75″ tall. It is a classic meikan format book with pictures of about 1,300 tangs of about 640 shinto smiths. A list of all featured smiths can be found as PDF below (the “double-entries” refer to different smiths/generations with the same name).
The price is 79.90 USD for the hardcover copy and 34.90 USD for the eBook. A SHINSHINTO-MEIKAN will follow soon.
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As announced on the NMB along this discussion, I make available step by step my signature archive. First the koto blades, which I arranged to a 696 pages hardcover book in the format 8.25″ wide x 10.75″ tall (thus the same format as I used for my Signatures of Japanese Sword Fittings Artists). It is a classic meikan format book with pictures of about 2,000 tangs of about 900 koto smiths. A list of all featured smiths can be found as PDF below (the “double-entries” refer to different smiths/generations with the same name). I hope this serves as a reference and also of interest should be the eBook so that one can compare signatures on the spot when going to buy swords. Just like at the previously published Signatures of Japanese Sword Fittings Artists, one can also check a signature to find out if a blade is a promising candidate for papers. The design was kept simple as I don´t like fancy covers, or in other words, a meikan is a meikan and stands for itself.
The price is 89.90 USD for the hardcover copy and 39.90 USD for the eBook. A SHINTO-MEIKAN will follow soon.
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