This Commemorative Centenary Edition (1896-1996) limited release 2-volume set. In celebration
of the centenary of Willis M. Hawley - Orientalist, collector and author, the Hawley Library has
updated, revised and re-issued this important Sword Reference work. It is a compilation of over
30,000 swordsmiths of Japan, and includes information regarding where and when smiths worked, how
they signed their blades (Kanji and Romanji of names and signatures), and a relative rating of their work.
Also included is a quick reference on terminology, temperlines, the Kanji of inscriptions,
provinces, honorary titles. The previous edition has served as the collectors/ apprasiers bible
(in English) for many years, and is a must-have for sword enthusiasts.
Volume I: A-N
Volume II: N-Z
1050 pages in two volumes.