Born in Washington D.C., Michael Zomber is one of the world’s leading authorities on Japanese samurai swords. His passion for collecting arms and armor has lasted over four decades. Besides Japanese arms, Zomber also assembles European, Islamic and American arms. He is particularly interested in the weapons made from the sixteenth century all the way through the nineteenth century. Michael Zomber believes that the ownership of artwork depends on the collector’s stewardship abilities. According to him, present and future generations must appreciate the responsibility to collect and care for artwork.
Zomber’s collection includes precious weapons that he sometimes sells to interested parties. He only sells to people and organizations that appreciate the weapons’ historical and monetary value and are capable of preserving them in their mint condition. Keeping art well will enable future generations to understand the history of the societies that made the weapons.
Besides being a collector of arms, He is a historian, and he has made a significant contribution as a guest on the History Channel in their series ‘Tales of Guns’. The series include such episodes as ‘Guns of the Famous,’ and ‘Guns of the Orient.’ In these programs, Zomber shares his useful insights about guns. Zomber’s work as a historian has inspired his commitment to fostering world peace, having been exposed to the destructive effects of war. He is passionate about supporting organizations whose aim is to encourage amicable solutions to conflicts.
Michael Zomber is also a published author. His most notable historical novels include Sweet Betsy That’s Me: A Child of the Civil War, and Shogun Iemitsu. He has also published a non-fictional book entitled Jesus and the Samurai, as well as over a dozen screenplays. Together with his wife, Andrea, Zomber has also produced a critically acclaimed documentary film, Soul of the Samurai.
The father of two resides in Philadelphia together with his wife and children. He holds a master’s degree in English Literature from UCLA. A man of many passions, He still works with others to preserve history as well as enhance world peace.