Ming Dynasty Sword
During the Ming dynasty, jians served serval purposes. Considered one of the four major Chinese weapons, the jian was a multipurpose straight edged sword used by soldiers for cutting and thrusting. Off the battlefield, jian swords were used by fencers and swordsmen, engaging in duels for the aristocracy. Over time, the jian came to be known as "the Gentleman of Weapons" in Chinese folklore, associated with specialists, scholars, and refinement. From its sharp blade to its highly detailed handle and scabbard, this Ming dynasty jian incorporates all of the historical connotations of this distinguished Chinese sword.
One of the most striking features of this jian sword is its incredibly ornate handle. Like other Ming period weapons depicting animals, the 3.5 inch wide handguard of this long sword is shaped like the head of a guardian lion, a Chinese cultural icon. Believed to ward off evil, imperial guardian lions are symbols of mythical protection. Resembling the fine bronze work of the Ming era, this metal lion has a beautiful curling mane, textured fur, and dark black eyes. At the end of the hilt is the metal openwork pommel, a traditional feature of a Ming dynasty jian sword that was used for attaching tassels. This bronze colored pommel has a detailed flower and dragon head design. Legendary beasts of power, strength, and good fortune, dragons were worn on the robes of the emperor and nobility. The 5 inch long handle of this authentic Chinese sword is crafted from wood. With a smooth black finish and intricate bronze colored metal grips, the handle complements the pommel and guard of this regal Ming dynasty style jian.
The 1060 carbon steel blade of this straight sword mirrors the blades of Chinese long swords of old. At 25.5 inches long, this silver colored blade is sharp on both edges and comes to a clean point. Two blood grooves run parallel down the center of the blade, reducing its weight. The metal blade has a gleaming reflective finish that shines under the light during kung fu weapon demonstrations or while on display. While unsheathed, this traditional Chinese long sword is 25.5 inches and weighs 2 pounds and 12 ounces.
The magnificently decorated scabbard of this genuine Chinese lion sword matches its elegant hilt. Constructed from wood, this sheath protects the double edged blade within. Wrapped in black faux alligator leather, its dark color matches the rich wood of the handle. The outside of the scabbard is adorned with a decorative metal casing. The exquisitely detailed scabbard depicts fantastic dragons and crossing patterns, its bronze color contrasting splendidly against the black wrap beneath. With two rings on one side of the scabbard to accommodate a string or rope, you can display 38.5 inch long sheathed jian sword on your wall. Be forewarned, however, that this sword weighs 5 pounds in its sheath, so use caution when hanging up this historic style weapon to accommodate its authentic weight. If you do not wish to display this Chinese lion and dragon sword, you can preserve it in the golden lining of its included storage box. This box has a lovely yellow colored cloth exterior with a black dragon and flower pattern. With latches to keep it firmly closed, this case can retain the beauty of this jian for years to come.
This authentic Chinese straight sword spares no detail and strives to uphold the historic integrity of historic Ming dynasty weapons. These dragon and lion jians make an excellent gifts for sword enthusiasts, collectors of katanas and traditional Asian weapons, or historians interested in Chinese culture. Add one of these Ming Dynasty Swords to your own collection of Chinese swords and historic martial arts weapons today!
Ming Dynasty Sword Highlights:
- Chinese Jian Style Sword
- Sharp Double Edged 1060 Carbon Steel Blade
- Ornate Bronze Colored Lion Handguard
- Openwork Pommel with Dragon Design
- Black Finished Wooden Handle
- Intricate Bronze Colored Grip
- Black Faux Alligator Skin Scabbard Wrap
- Detailed Bronze Colored Scabbard Decorations
- Metal Guard, Pommel, and Scabbard Casing
- Length Sheathed: Approx. 38.5 inches
- Weight Sheathed: Approx. 5.0 pounds
- Length Unsheathed: Approx. 35 inches
- Weight Unsheathed: Approx. 2 pounds 12 ounces
- Blade Length: Approx. 25.5 inches
- Handle Length: Approx. 5 inches
- Guard Width: Approx. 3.5 inches
- Includes a Storage Box with Latches
- Black and Yellow Dragon and Flower Pattern Box
- Beautiful Sword for Collectors and Historians!
*Sword Stand not included
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