Short Update

First of all, I have to apologize, again, for the troubles with the latest Japan’s Most Important Sword Fittings booklet. It is like with my Masamune book, no whatsoever system changes here and black and white books work perfectly fine, e.g. no problem my three-volume, 1,500 pages Swordsmith Index. It only concerns color prints. But anyway, the problem should be solved now and a new order can be placed. I have to see how to solve this in the future because this time, I waited the suggested time until the file was fully processed on their servers to see if it worked before making the announcement. I was even waiting another day, to be sure, just to get their error message the night after… So next time, I will wait even longer before making any announcement.

Other thing and something positive: By sponsoring of James Lawson, the NBTHK Shinsa standards for swords on were completed with the standards for tôsô (koshirae) and tôsôgu, and not only that, also the very recent amendments (May 2015) are now included. The standards can be found here:

Thank you.

2 thoughts on “Short Update

  1. Hi Markus,

    I have received your book from Lulu and have noticed that there seems to be a mixture of both Colour and Black & White photographs – is that correct – or should they all be in Colour.



    • Hi Paul,
      That’s normal. Some are supposed to be in black & white as I didn’t get color pics to work with for all of the pieces. Glad to hear that ordering does work for some of you and thanks for getting my booklet!
      Best regards,

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