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LK Chen – Gale Wind Ming Jian

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(3 customer reviews)


The Gale Wind from LK Chen is a recreation of a Ming Dynasty Jian and features the classic “Cloud and Lingzhi” hilt which is a reference to a cloud-shaped pommel and a hilt in a shape likened to a Lingzhi mushroom. This Ming Jian strikes a fine balance between cutting and thrusting and will perform with excellence at both. The sword is quick, responsive and will strike and cut with decisive authority. Its sharpened blade is forged from 65 Mn high carbon steel with a diamond cross section to ensure that the blade in well-balanced in both stiffness and flexibility.

The guard and pommel are crafted from stainless steel and the wooden grip is wrapped in rayskin and overlaid with knotted blue cord. The sword blade is secured into the pommel with a nut assembly and this was done to allow its bearer to adjust to tightness of the hilt should it loosen to the variances in climatic and seasonal humidity. The sword is matched with a scabbard of carved and polished Wenge hardwood and finished with matched stainless steel fittings. A pair of two small integrated loops on the scabbard rail allow for it to be tied and fastened to your own sword hangers so that it can be slung from a sword belt (not included).


Overall Length37 3/4"
Blade Length30"
Weight2 lbs 6.5 oz
Width34.1 m
Thickness6.5 mm - 3.1 mm
Grip Length4"
Blade [65 Mn High Carbon Steel]
ClassBattle Ready
ManufacturerLk Chen
Country of OriginChina

LK Chen QC Testing for Kult of Athena

Cutting and thrusting with the Gale Wind Jian from LK Chen Swords

LK Chen Gale Wind - a Destructive Cut and Thrust Ming Jian 1368-1644 AD

3 reviews for LK Chen – Gale Wind Ming Jian

  1. miles coleman

    Im surprised no one has reviewed this sword- well here goes! I give this 4 stars. I own many jians most purchased here at the Kult. The closet in price and quality to this Is the Scot Rodel Jian. This has VERY good balance, Sharpness and cutting ability. L.K Chen has been getting a lot of positive press for what they are making. HOWEVER they are getting negative press for things like lack of glue on fittings..fittings falling off poor attention to detail ect. Mine had loose sword fittings I had to re-glue. The blade could have used a bit more polishing- to remove some obvious scuffs and the cast sword fittings had sand inclusions they didnt fully grind/ buff out. If I could take the quality of the Rodel jian and the balance and distal taper of the Gale wind and put them together you would have a phenominal under 400$ sword. I have other JIAN that I like and dislike for various reasons. This is my favorite right now because it feels so “alive” but I have others that look better. Just A bit more attention to detail from L.K would go a long way.

  2. Erik (verified owner)

    I’m giving this sword top marks because of it’s superior handling, excellent tempering and the soundness of it’s assembly.
    the Gale Wind is superb to wield, the mass distribution gives it a good weighty feel in the hand but leaves it fast and accurate with a enough weight forward to know where your tip is. Very tight and solid even after multiple sessions of cutting targets of different hardnesses – it has perfect alignment of fittings.
    The scabbard is only slightly better than an after thought but keeps the blade ( mine came very sharp) from damaging self and others.
    I think at the cost it’s a total deal, really the chance to have a truly good sword. It certainly came without the fancy features and perfect polish that would make it a good wallhanger, but if you’re oriented towards welding your blades and want a historically accurate, thoroughly alive sword – get this one!

  3. Archades115 (verified owner)

    I received mine sooner than expected. It is much lighter than I expected, but still has some heft to it. The sword and scabbard are both beautiful, good quality. Minor, barely noticable, imperfections from the crafting process, but I rather like that. Modestly sharp, but not frighteningly so. That can be improved myself. It is definitely a solid sword that can endure solid blows, not a cheap display piece. I hope I never have to use it, but I trust I can rely on it should circumstances ever demand it. Truly satisfied.

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