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From the master swordsmiths of the Hanwei forge comes the Qi Jian, a re-creation of an ancient design that utilized one-piece forging. The entire sword, from pommel to tip, has been forged from a single billet of steel. This forging technique provides unparalleled strength and balance while exhibiting a clear, bell-like tone when lightly struck. The sword’s name originates with the Qi nation, one of the many warring states that eventually formed modern China. Legend has it that Feng-Xuan, one of the Qi people and a central character in a well known folk tale, possessed such a one piece sword and would use its ringing quality to accompany his singing. The sword’s grip is rayskin wrapped, a feature matched by the wrap on the throat of the scabbard, making for a stunningly beautiful presentation.
One-Piece Forged Construction
Rayskin Handle Wrap
Superb Balance and Strength
The neighboring Kouga and Iga clans of feudal Japan were bitter enemies for centuries and their warring Ninja families have been immortalized in Japanese literature. To commemo- rate these secretive warriors we have introduced our Kouga and Iga Ninja-To.
The Kouga features a Tsuka with a battle wrap over black rayskin and Kouga Mon Menuki. The blackened iron Tsuba features the Kouga Mon and pierced Kanji, a theme repeated on the Fuchi/Kashira. The Kanji and Mon are also employed on the blackened fittings of the spiked Saya. The Kouga features a forged high carbon blade, differentially quenched to an edge hardness of 60HRc.
39" Overall with a 29" unsharpened, hand forged and folded, high carbon steel blade with mirror polish. Hardwood handle and scabbard with solid brass fittings. Lightweight with a triangulated blade which tapers to a flexible tip, the sword weighs in at appprox 605 grams out of the scabbard with a point of balance at 2" into the blade making for a very responsive sword.
Long the traditional weapon of China’s peasant armies, the Dadao, or big sword, was used with deadly effect as late as the 1930’s in the Sino-Japanese War. Its single- or two-handed versatility, combined with the tremendous slashing power of its weight-forward blade made it the ideal close-quarters weapon. Although the originals had no scabbard, a simple carrying case is provided for protection and ease of transportation.
Powerful cutting capability
This sword is sharp.
This sword is fully functional.
This sword is hand-forged.
Measurements / Specifications
41" Overall with a 28" sharpened, high carbon steel blade with bohi and engravings. Full tang and double pegged, features genuine rayskin and cotton ito, all metal fittings in a dragon motif and complete with cotton storage sleeve