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Dynasty Forge Chinese Liueyedao - Blue Grip Wrap - DF050

Dynasty Forge Chinese Liueyedao - Blue Grip Wrap
 

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Overall Length: 35 3/4'' Blade: 28 7/8''
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Blade: 1095/1080/1060 Folded Steel
Weight: 1 lb 15.1 oz
Edge:  Sharp
P.O.B.: 7 1/2''
Thickness: 6.6 mm - 3.4 mm
Width: 33.3 mm
Grip Length: 5 1/4''
Pommel: Nut
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The ‘’Willow Leaf’’ Liuyedao sword is a gracefully curved Chinese saber with a folded blade formed from melding 1060, 1080 and 1095 high carbon steel into a single blade. It is this folding technique that has given the sword a flowing, wood-grain pattern that is vibrantly visible on the blade. The process of folding steel in this manner in China is a technique stretching well into Chinese antiquity and Chinese weapons craftsmanship was revered by the Japanese in the Tang dynasty. Many enterprising Chinese and Korean swordsmiths relocated to Japan in this time and in time this transmitted their knowledge of swordsmithing to the Japanese.

The purpose of folding steel is not only to purify the steel, but when several steels of differing hardness are used then the properties of softer, flexing steel and harder, edge-retaining steel can be merged together to create a blade that incorporates a middle-ground between these two properties.

The guard, pommel and dragon-head blade collar are of brass and the wooden grip is wrapped in rayskin and fitted with knotted blue cord to finish the grip. The sword is accompanied with a wooden scabbard with brass fittings and a hanging cord.


The form of the Chinese Liuyedao seems to have originated with the sabers used by the Mongol horsemen - the sword is optimized for quick slashes and cuts - the reverse curve of the grip allows for the palm of the back of the hand to aid in powering the sword through the cut.

A Liuyedao was the chosen weapon of Qi Jiguang - the famous Chinese general who circumvented the corruption of the Chinese state to drive the Japanese pirates from their forts on the coast and into the sea from whence they came.


Please Note: In the close up photo of the tip of the sword there is what may appear to be a hairline crack - it is in fact a strand a simple strand of hair that found its way into the picture





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