As such modern japanese swords the beginning of the gendaito era is a somewhat unique volume focusing on gendaito tom kishidas now out of print book about yasakuni swords and john sloughs oshigata book are exceptions but have a different focus. Modern japanese swords the beginning of the gendaito era leon and hiroko kapp leo monson authors aram compeau photography crodd chin ibook design the ibooks interactive multimedia multi . B850 modern japanese swords the beginning of the gendaito era by leon hiroko kaap and leo monson 2015 softbound 8 1 2 x 11 153 pages in english this book gives us a thorough history of nihonto in the 20th century and then presents swords and short biographies of the primary smiths active in the period. Gendaito modern sword this refers to the sword having been made between 1876 and 1945 not to whether the blade is handmade or not showato showa era sword this term refers to any sword made during the showa era 1926 to 1989 not to whether it is handmade or not. The index lists both romanji english names and kanji of swordsmiths however to read the kanji a japanese character converter such as njwin or a japanese word processor is needed all the smiths in bowens index made swords in the traditional manner gendaito kindaito
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