|THE JAPANESE SWORD is a weapon steeped in history and long-developed over many centuries. Swords may differ in size, shape, field of application and method of manufacture --- the most commonly known types of Japanese swords are the katana, wakizashi, and tachi -- but each plays a role in both the ancient history and modern society of Japan. This book will help you learn and understand the parts of the Japanese sword, shape, style, history of the various sword types, and much more, including identification of sword blade signatures. 70 pages. 8.5 x 5.5.