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In The Art of the Japanese Sword, master swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara offers a detailed look at the entire process of Japanese sword making, including the finishing and appreciation of Japanese blades. Japanese sword art stands out in many ways: functionality as a weapon, sophisticated metallurgy and metal smithing, the shape of the blade itself—all contribute to the beauty of these remarkable weapons. The Art of the Japanese Sword conveys to the... more...

A superb book that explains how to design and construct small scale, simple mechanical devices for fun—perfect for toy makers, woodworkers, crafters, and tinkerers Designing and making successful automata involves combining materials, mechanisms, and magic. Illustrated with color photos throughout, this wonderful book explains the six golden rules for making automata alongside detailed step-by-step projects. Many... more...

A price guide to vintage mechanical watches from more than 40 historically significant brands. Illustrated in full color. Now in its third edition, Classic Wristwatches is an attractive and easy-to-use resource for information on vintage watches, that is, watches no longer in current production. For each of the more than 900* timepieces listed, the authors provide a color photograph; a description of the movement, case, and... more...

This invaluable, practical book is written by a watch repairer with more than 20 years' experience. It is aimed principally at the novice mechanical watch repairer, although those with more experience will also find it most useful. Brimming with advice and useful tips, it provides step-by-step photographs with accompanying text and demonstrates how to maintain a mechanical watch, and how to identify problems and correct them. The author... more...

Brick by Brick Brilliance LEGO bricks are the building blocks of childhood. Yet they are far from child's play. LEGO sets are fast becoming a hot commodity with collectors worldwide for fun and profit. Abundantly visual, informative and detailed, The Ultimate Guide to Collectible LEGO Sets is the definitive reference to more than 2,000 of the most collectible sets on the secondary market, illustrating the... more...


The samurai sword: a symbol of the spirit of old Japan, it embodies the samurai's steel discipline, unswerving devotion and peerless skill. With its creation, a feat of craftsmanship passed down by generations of artisans, the samurai sword is generally considered to be superior even to the famed blades of Western Damascus and Toledo. The Samurai Sword Handbook is a precise exploration of the samurai sword designed for sword collectors as well as... more...

Collecting salt and pepper shakers is a hobby with a little something for everyone. Whether you fancy figurals, go-togethers, hangers, kissers, nesters, stackers or long-boys, you'll quickly discover the pricing and identifying details you need in Antique Trader Salt and Pepper Shaker Price Guide. This go-to guide will help you easily assess your favorite collectible condiment containers.

Few historical icons can match the evocative power of the medieval suit of armour, and this epic new book is a complete course in the tools and techniques of the modern armourer's art. Through more than 1,000 detailed photos and clear instruction, Brian Price presents a working handbook for aspiring and active armourers who want to develop their skills in the production of medieval armour in the style of the 14th century. The book is divided into four... more...

In recent years, several of America’s leading art museums have voluntarily given up their finest pieces of classical art to the governments of Italy and Greece. The monetary value is estimated at over half a billion dollars. Why would they be moved to such unheard-of generosity? The answer lies at the Getty, one of the world’s richest and most troubled museums, and scandalous revelations that it had been buying looted antiquities for decades.... more...

Well over a thousand years old, the tradition of swordmaking in Japan is one of the most highly regarded metal crafts in the world. When all sword manufacture was prohibited in Japan for seven years after World War II, the age-old techniques were in danger of being lost forever. Today, in the hands of a new generation of practitioners, the craft is making a startling comeback. Connoisseurs say that the swords being produced now are the equal of... more...