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Han Dynasty Dao - SC0275

Han Dynasty Dao

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Overall Length: 33'' Blade: 23''

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Blade: 1045 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 1 lb 8.6 oz
Edge:  Moderately Sharp
P.O.B.: 4 5/8''
Thickness: 5.8 mm - 5.3 mm
Width: 34.1 mm
Grip Length: 7 1/4''
Pommel: Threaded / Glued

This Han Dynasty Dao sword has a dual-edged blade of high carbon steel. The guard, pommel ring and blade collar are zinc alloy with an antiqued finish and the wooden grip is bound in black cord.

The sword is paired with a hardwood scabbard with matching metal fittings and black cord.

During the Han Dynasty, steel blades co-existed with bronze, before replacing them entirely. Metallurgical improvements allowed for swords of both varieties to become longer than earlier short swords. The Han Dynasty had many novel manufacturing improvements; ironworking was a state-run enterprise and one province had large blast furnaces built that could produce several tons of iron per day – a feat not matched by the west until the eighteenth century. The Chinese even coated their metal weapons in chromium-oxide – a protective layer that would not be used again until the 20th century. Their advancements allowed for blades such as this Han Dynasty Dao, to be within arsenals throughout the Warring States period.

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