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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:46 am    Post subject: A book was written in Tatara village... Reply with quote
For those of you with an interest, and deep pockets, here is a Japanese 1830 book on ironworking and swordmaker. The work was written in Tatara village... : Shocked Shocked Shocked The Price: US$ 5501.00

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=NIHON+NO+SEITETSU+GIJUTSU+TO+TETSU+KOHGU.


"A FASCINATING PRIMITIVE MANUSCRIPT ON THE FORGING OF IRON [Tatara] nd ca.1830-, 1830. 40's.Wood covers,accordion folded leaves very clean,hand-colored paintings, 21 x 30 cm.,contains [24] double-folded leaves, 23 double-page, 1 single page drawings with Japanese text naming the tools. AN OBCURE ALBUM An obscure and quite rare hand-colored manuscript album. A fascinating insight to the secrets of early Japanese iron technology and metallurgy: forging techniques of iron, the making of pig iron, forging of iron tools, Tamahagane the precious iron used in the making of Japanese Samurai swords, iron-working implements and mould-casting. This manuscript shows the step-by-step process of this iron metallurgy and technology. This process was also used in the forging of iron into useful implements such as agricultural tools and implements. Another major product made from this ore was the Tamahagane, a high-carbon iron used in making the celebrated and famed Japanese Samurai sword or Nihon-to. This sword was exported to many Asian countries during the 12th-16th cent- uries. What made this Japanese sword and more valuable than any other in the Asian world, was its light weight, soft core and superbly hard exterior. It could cut through bone with a single swipe and seldom broke. It was and is still revered as the finest piece of metal ever made in the last thousand years. "
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
These may be some of the pictures from that book.

http://www.rareorientalbooks.com/edition/250534/

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