Samurai Weapons: Tools of the Warrior
Weapons, particularly bladed ones such as swords, are enjoying a
renaissance of interest from every source, from collectors to laypeople.
The samurai, a glorified figure in Japan and the West, employed a
variety of weapons, not least of which was the sword. Samurai Weapons
details how and why their arsenal included not only the sword of popular
lore, but also a variety of other tools, including concealed weapons,
improvised fighting tools, fans, truncheons and pole arms.
About the author
Don Cunningham, Ph.D., holds ranks in judo, jujutsu, and kendo, including a second dan license from the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo. He has studied and written on Japanese modern and traditional martial arts for more than thirty years and is a frequent contributor to martial arts publications. A former award-winning journalist, he is currently assistant professor at Radford University in Radford, Virginia.