The LK Chen “Snow Peak” Jian represents the final and fully matured development of the elegant Jian sword during the Chinese Republican Period (1919 – 1949). The Jian had faded from military use and its development at this time was continued by discerning martial artists who laid the foundation for the Chinese martial arts systems we are familiar with today. The Jian at this time melded the Jian of the Ming and Qing Dynasties with some blade geometry ideas from European swords such as a thick-ridged ricasso-like base of the blade and a central, weight-reducing fuller. All these design elements are united into a harmonious whole in the Snow Peak Jian to create a responsive and relatively long-bladed Jian which is easy to balance, point and thrust whilst also able to cut with decisive authority. It is not merely a beautiful sword, but one which matches its aesthetics with performance and ability.
The blade of the Snow Peak is crafted from GB 60Si2MnA High Carbon Manganese Spring Steel which is a resilient and flexing spring steel. The sword has been expertly tempered to ensure that it is fairly stiff and rigid to ensure its full penetrative and cutting potential is not lost to excess flex. The final tempered hardness of the sword is 54-55 HRc and the blade edges are keenly honed and sharp. The guard and pommel are cast stainless steel and the grip is bound in genuine rayskin and finished with a wrist lanyard.
The sword is matched with a companion scabbard of wood which is tightly wrapped in beige vegan leather and completed with elegantly styled fittings of stainless steel.