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A list of nihonto library staples....
At some point, those with more than a passing interest in real Japanese swords will want to expand there knowledge. While visiting websites will help, nothing will educate you on nihonto faster than investing in a few good books. The following is a list of my favorite books.
While you can purchase from ebay or Amazon, I would suggest you work with my favorite Nihonto book vendor, Grey Doffin. His website is:
Beginner: The Samurai Sword, by John Yumoto. This is everyone's first sword book. It is small, cheap, and a great basic primer. (approx$20)
Intermediate: The Connoisseur's Book of Japanese Swords. This is a fantastic book, covering a broad range of nihonto with great depth. This is the first book I open when I have a question. (approx.$150)
Advanced: Nihonto Koza, translated by Watson. This is the bible of nihonto. Very expensive and rare, but amazing. Six volumes in total. (approx.$1000)