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Iron Tiger Forge Han Dynasty Dao Dagger with Folded Steel Blade

(4 customer reviews)


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 dagger, to be within arsenals throughout the Warring States period. This dagger has a ring pommel, a popular style of the period.

This dagger was made in Longquan, a region that was central to sword production in the Song Dynasty. The blade is folded high-carbon steel of 1045 and 1065 containing 3,800 layers. Folded steel was a common blade-making technique in China as it minimized impurities and melded hard and flexible steels together for a compromise containing both qualities. The hilt, guard and fittings are handmade brass and the scabbard and grip are of wood. The sword comes in a wooden gift box with a boxed cleaning kit.

Overall Length17 3/8''
Blade Length11 1/4''
Weight11.9 oz
Width29.2 mm
Thickness4.9 mm - 4.3 mm
P.O.B.1 3/8''
Grip Length3 5/8''
Blade [1065 and 1045 Folded High Carbon Steel]
ClassBattle Ready
ManufacturerIron Tiger Forge
Country of OriginChina

Iron Tiger Forge Han Dynasty Forged Dagger

4 reviews for Iron Tiger Forge Han Dynasty Dao Dagger with Folded Steel Blade

  1. Brent H.

    Awsome dagger Awsome piece for the money. The blade is uniform and the polish and finish is really nice, really brings out the patters in the blade. The brass fitting on the blade and the sheath are really nice quality and the build is very solid. I would say its more sharp then very sharp. Hardwood box and bag are very well made. 10 out of 10 assasins recommend with a little sharpening.

  2. Adam M.

    my first purchase, and quite pleased blade is sharp, grip is comfy, brass is beautiful, box is well made
    only gripe is the blade was difficult to unsheathe due to a dirty blade, what looked to be brown shavings of wood from inside of scabbard, but i digress it came with a cleaning kit and im obligated to maintain from here on out.

  3. Jashan Singh (verified owner)

    A beautiful dagger it has a gorgeous scabbard and the knife is fairly sharp. The grip is comfortable and it’s lightweight and handles pretty well.

    It comes in a really nice hardwood box and a bag for that box. When you first pull out the blade there are some wood shavings on the blade but it comes with a cleaning kit so it’s easily fixable. Amazing dagger

  4. Chris (verified owner)

    Blade is absolutely beautiful, and the presentation box it comes with is very nice as well. I’ve purchased swords that cost many times as much that are not presented nearly as well. If you just want something to look at, highly recommend.

    Blade was not sharp at all though. Actually the dullest blade I’ve ever received. I did purchase a blemish model and I couldn’t find much in the way of clear issues, so maybe the blade being off was the blemish? Not sure. Figure I should put that out there though.

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