This Jian features the face and open maw of a Shishi (Lion-Dog) on its guard. Pairs of these lion-like creatures guard shrines and temples with stony vigilance. Similar in concept to the gargoyles of Western cathedrals, the Lion-Dogs prevent wicked spirits from entering sanctified places. This Jian is also heavily ornamented with the Chinese Dragon, a symbol of power and luck. The dragons on this sword are of the 5-toed variety, meaning they are the reserve symbol of the Emperor himself – A fitting ornament for a noble weapon, as the later Jian was a status weapon.
This Jian 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 3,800 layers. Folded steel was a common blademaking method in China as it minimized impurities and melded hard and flexible steels together for a compromise containing both qualities. The fittings are of zinc alloy and the scabbard is of darkened wood. The sword comes in a wooden, ornamented gift box with a boxed cleaning kit and a sword stand.
Beautiful but cant cut paper. Right out of the box, this is an amazing looking beauty. It has flair and style, and makes a great piece for a collector like myself… then there’s the blade. The blade is listed here as “Sharp” while its Ying Yang cousin sword from the same company is listed “Very Sharp” this sword has no edge at all. I am considering posting a video on youtube on how I can saw into a piece of notepaper or construction paper and… nothing, it eventually tears the paper, but even when moving the sword over it in a cutting or sawing motion doesnt cut the paper. Paper is a very small obstacle to be hindered by.
STILL the sword is gorgeous, and it comes with a fancy looking box that is admittedly a little cheap feeling, but for the price, even the full price of 200 plus, it is hardly something to complain about.
ray blundell –
iron tiger dog jian I also brought this sword a while ago, to address the comment in above review about cutting paper I had no problem cutting any size of paper also cut different water bottles and two matts with pool nodle inside with out any problem.If you are looking for a good priced jian with folded blade blade this is the one.