can recommend several books very strongly. For the rest, see
below, but for what I recommend, click on the book covers
for more information:
and Hilt Weapons
By Peter Connolly, et al.
This is the classic source written by nine experts covering the
entire world, with comprehensive coverage of China, Islam, Pre-Conquest America,
India ,Africa and WWI and WWII. Extensive coverage of Japanese Swords.
By John Clements
If you want to know what knights in armor really did with their weapons,
how a viking used a serpent welded sword or what the real science of
swordplay was, this is the book. He does have some tone issues, but
even his detractors see the value in what he writes. Read the reviews
By Guy Windsor
IThis is the "other" book in the field. Newer, balanced, well regarded,
a true training manual, less than fifteen dollars through Amazon.com.
Contains significant material spent on drills and explantions. Read
the reviews and then
The Illustrated Use of Rapiers and Cut-and-Thrust Swords.
By John Clements
This is the book that the Three Musketeers would have written if
they had only found the time. A modern classic.
Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship
In my opinion, this is the best place for someone interested in the katana
to start. Easy to use and refer to.
Everything below the blue line is a counterpoint. This book is one
of those "below the blue line" books. Read the reviews and the summaries
you can find by clicking on the link and order this through inter-library-loan
if you need to make up your mind. Available used for about nine
- the Japanese Short Staff
By Tan Zier and Tom Lang
If you want a better understanding of Akido, the sword, or the use of the
cane for self-defense, the Jo is an excellent place to start. It is the
alternative to the sword. I own a copy.
There are other books that you should
consider if you have an interest in the martial arts or swords:
. (This section is
still in rough draft form and includes various martial arts and sword