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Dynasty Forge Chinese Yanmaodao

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This Yanmaodao, the Goosequill saber, has a sharp blade crafted from the melding and folding of three different high carbon steels; 1095, 1080 and 1060. This folding of the blade during forging leaves a vibrantly visible ripple-like pattern on the blade. Historically much of Chinese swordsmithing was done by folding steel – a process done to refine the steel to combine steels of varying hardnesses and properties into a single blade.

The dragon-head blade collar, guard and hilt fittings are of antiqued brass. The wooden grip has rayskin over it and was overlaid with elaborately knotted blue cord. The sword is paired with a scabbard of carved wood with brass fittings and a hanging cord of red-brown cord.

Like it cousin the Liuyedao, the Yanmaodao has a curved blade to give it enviable cutting and slashing abilities. This curve is not as pronounced with the more subtle and gentle curvature of the Yanmaodao as the form of the Yanmaodao sacrifices some optimization of cutting for a straighter blade with a less pronounced upward tip to give it a greater degree of thrusting ability. It typically had a straighter grip as well – a type that better accentuates the thrusting technique by allowing greater control of the tip.

Though the sword has opted for a compromise of thrusting and cutting, its cutting ability is not to be understated. The curve of the blade is more than enough to execute decisive slashes. A cross section of the blade reveals a spine that gracefully terminates at a gentle angle to the edge. This minimizes resistance at the cutting edge as the blade passes through the target making it a more efficient cutter.

While not as widespread historically as the Liuyedao, the Yanmaodao was still a common sword style in China; its earliest examples date to the medieval Ming dynasty and the style largely persisted until the close of the 18th century.

Overall Length35''
Blade Length27 3/4''
Weight1 lb 14.4 oz
Width32.9 mm
Thickness6.4 mm - 4.6 mm
P.O.B.7 1/4''
Grip Length5 1/4''
Blade [1095/1080/1060 Folded Steel]
ClassBattle Ready
ManufacturerDynasty Forge
Country of OriginChina

1 review for Dynasty Forge Chinese Yanmaodao

  1. Kristie

    Very Nice! This is the first Chinese sword I’ve owned, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I really like it. The details are crisp, the steel pattern is beautiful, and the edge is even and sharp. I cut with this yesterday and said, “Wow, this might be magic!” The handling is superb, and it slices with little effort. I thought the loose style of handle wrap might be a problem, but I never noticed it moving in my hand. This is a beautiful sword, but it also means business!

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