The Miao Dao, the “grain leaf” sabre, receives its name from the early 20th century despite its ancient origin. Its history is a subject of debate among some scholars and sword enthusiasts but all agree about its reemergence in the mid-16th century by General Qi Jiguang who resurrected the sword to combat pirates raiding coastal cities. After the victory over the pirates the Miao Dao remained useful battling enemies of the Ming Empire which led to this famous general’s men to be known as the “invincible Qi army”. Highly coveted by the soldiers the swords didn’t pass along this weapon easily.
This beautiful Hanwei Maio Dao is the pinnacle of Chinese sword craftsmanship. This version features a sharp and well-tempered 5160 high carbon steel blade with a groove on on both sides of the blade to lighten the balance. The ribbed handle is a beautiful red color which is made from wood with a wrap of rattan which was gloss lacquered for a finish and this is echoed by the deep red lacquered scabbard. The gorgeously ornate guard and pommel are stainless steel as well as all the other accoutrements. An elegant weapon from a more honorable and duty bound age.
Please Note: It is common for the glossy lacquer scabbard of the sword to have some cosmetic blemishing present in the form of light scratches or scuff marks.