Made in Dalian, China by Hanwei, producing the finest Chinese Swords available to the market... New in the original packaging.
Sparring Jian is forged from 5160 carbon steel, this incredible sword features a sturdy build that is designed for training as close to actual combat as possible. The flexible construction of this sword is based upon a combat-ready Jian but features blunt edges and a rolled tip for safe training. A soft leather wrap covers the traditional ray skin handle for a comfortable grip. Sleek steel handle fittings add magnificent detail while remaining true to the cultural style of this incredible sword.
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29" 5160 carbon steel blade. Black cord wrapped handle. Metal alloy guard and metal alloy pommel. Rolled tip. Safe blunted edges. Designed by Scott Rodell. Boxed.
The Art of Chinese Style Sword Making
The forging of a Chinese sword is a subtle and careful process, an art that has developed over the centuries as much in response to stylistic and aesthetic considerations as to technical improvements.
3,000 years ago, the bronze swords were created during Western Chou dynasty around 1122-770 B.C., the iron swords with the bronze handle were created during Warring States Period around 475-221 B.C., the iron and steel sword has replaced the bronze during Han Dynasty around 206 B.C. - A.D. 220.
In A.D. 265, swords are replaced by sabers for military weapons. The single edged swords are easier to wield than the double-edged swords. Swords now assumed multiple roles such as power, rank, symbols of honor, and decoration.
Today, swords are still being made by modern artisans. They continue to hold a unique place in Chinese culture; some pursue the traditional methods, while others apply modern tools, techniques, and materials to the craft. A great number of commercially available swords are being made in China and Cambodia with modern tools and materials employing traditional methods.
Another reason for the great popularity of the Chinese swords is that an authentic Chinese sword, handmade in China, can easily cost US$12,000 to $25,000 and up. Chinese made production level approximations are typical $1,000-$2,500 for something reasonably traditional.
Hanwei, a company that is widely acknowledged for producing first-class swords, is operated by Mr. Chen Chao-Po, also famously known by his alias, Paul Chen. The company was originally founded in Taiwan in the early 90's and is now distributed in the USA by Cas Iberia that's recently purchased by Mr. Chen. Hanwei's Samurai swords are currently viewed as contemporary pieces which give martial artists and collector a unique opportunity of owning a fine, quality sword.
Being a sword collector himself, Mr. Paul Chen understands the importance of owning excellent swords without having to pay for a hefty price. The first designs he created were based on some antique swords he inherited from his grandfather. Transforming an old chicken hatchery in the Manchurian city of Dalian into his own workshop, Mr. Chen gathered a team of experts in sword forging, polishing, heat treating and furnishing. This factory has since then produced the now coveted swords distributed by Hanwei.
Below are the 6 Basic Steps involved in the manufacturing of Hanwei Forge swords:
- A billet of high carbon steel is hot forged into a rough sword shape by power hammers.
- Then the scale is removed from the sword, which at this point is still soft and straight. Take note that the curvature of a Japanese sword is actually caused in the heat treatment phase.
- A special clay - which is Mr. Chens' own secret recipe - is applied by hand to the blade, thin at the edge and thick at the back.
- The blade is then reheated to a predetermined temperature and rapidly quenched in a water bath, which because of the different thickness of the clay, creates a differentially tempered blade with a harder, sharper edge and a softer, more flexible spine. It is also during this stage that the blade develops its characteristic curve.
- From the smithy, the tempered sword is then stress relieved and polished by hand with wet sandpaper. Acid etching brings out the hamon, and after a final polishing, the handle and other fittings are added and soon after leaves the factory for export.
- Another great aspect of Hanwei is their Samurai sword restoration facility wherein over the years; tons of damaged and abandoned pieces from the old masters have been successfully repaired to their former glory.
In 2002, the company moved into a much larger, purpose-built facility that offered enough working space and developments in efficiency. Hanwei currently has more than three hundred workers that create over six hundred items in the sword, knife, and historical weaponry fields. The company never ceases learning and developing new products that relate to more intricate techniques and innovative metallurgy.
Hanwei was among the earliest pioneers in the creation of outstanding and battle-ready katanas at affordable prices for martial artists and collectors. Although there are now many fierce rivals in this industry, Paul Chen's Hanwei Forge is arguably the number one creator of the finest yet affordable Japanese style swords available in the market these days. In fact, Hanwei continues to progress into a mainstay of the Sword buying community and expanded their products to also include European designs.
Take note though, that some of Hanwei's outstanding pieces such as the Great Wave Wakizashi SH5002 and Wind & Thunder Tanto SH5003 have already been discontinued in production, however, their matching swords from the series are still available. So if you wish to own the 3 piece set of each style, these two items (available from our site) are the last available ones. Don't miss your chance of owning these rare, last pieces!
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