During the Han Dynasty, steel swords co-existed with bronze, before replacing it 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 swords such as this Han Dynasty Sword to be within arsenals throughout the Warring States period.
This sword 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, it contains 6,600 layers. It is regarded as the higher quality steel from this manufacturer and has a more finished polish that brings out its additional steel 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 fittings are of handmade brass and the grip and scabbard are of darkened wood. The sword comes in a wooden gift box with a boxed cleaning kit and a silk embroidered sword bag.
William H. –
Worth every penny! This Jian is no joke, it is beautiful and authentic. Crafted with the utmost care. The sword itself has quite a weight to it, and the wood grip is smooth, easy to hold as well! It is amazing, and was definitely worth every penny. Alongside it comes multiple accessories, such as the wooden box, a sword bag, a silk bag for the wooden box, cleaning kit, and gloves to keep the Jian clean.
The image displayed and the real product were exactly to the T. This is the best purchase I’ve ever made on this website (and the first!) and I’m pleased with the result.
Qiu Tong –
High quality piece that’s not too practical This is one of the most expensive swords I’ve purchased from KOA and it’s well reflected in the quality of its construction. A relatively heavy blade for its size, it’s both sturdy and elegant. Even the scabbard feels very well constructed and has beautiful bronze fittings. The guard is very intricately detailed, and everything is tightly fitted. That said, there are some issues buyers need to be aware of. My sword came with a rather dull edge despite the “very sharp” label. It is also definitely more of a showpiece than a practical sword. The wooden, notched handle is not very comfortable for prolonged handling and my hands were bruised and callused after less than 15 minutes of dry handling and test cutting.