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Dragon King - Taotie Jian - Two Handed Sword - SD13790

Dragon King - Taotie Jian - Two Handed Sword

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Overall Length: 51 1/2'' Blade: 38''
Retail Price:$729.00

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Blade: 5160 High Carbon Steel
Weight: 2 lb 5.1 oz
Edge:  Moderately Sharp
P.O.B.: 7''
Thickness: 8.8 mm - 3.8 mm
Width: 27.8 mm
Grip Length: 11 1/2''

The two-handed Taotie Jian has a tempered and sharpened blade of 5160 high carbon steel. The metal guard and pommel are cast with the lost wax method to give them sharp relief and are given an antiqued bronze finish. The stylized mask of the ‘’Taotie’’ beast, inspired by Shang and Zhou Dynasty bronzes, features prominently on the sword fitting. The long wooden grip is overlaid in tightly wrapped cord.

The sword has a companion scabbard of wood with a glossy black finish. Its metal fittings are crafted to match its sword.

An ancient beast from the depths of Chinese mythology, the ‘’Taotie’’ is a voracious monster with an appetite so unending that the creature has become a representation of gluttony. Punished by the Gods for its flesh-rending excesses, the Taotie had most of its body removed and was left just its head and massive maw. This discipline by the divine powers did nothing to curb the appetite of the Taotie, though it served as a stern warning against gluttonous excesses.

The Taotie Jian is quite an agile sword, and it handles much like a longsword. The blade is swift in the strike and its long taper gives it a form well-able to deliver a conclusive thrust. This sword is clearly inspired by the historical examples of long, two-handed Jian swords from the Han Dynasty.

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