Forge Direct Haiyantang Zodiac Custom Sword

Forge Direct Haiyantang Zodiac Custom Sword

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Ancient Chinese mystical sword with your choice from the 12 different animals from the Classical Chinese Zodiac. Made by 2nd rank Master Smith Jiang Xiaolong.

Made to Order, Ships in 6-8 weeks.

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The Haiyantang Zodiac sword is not only just a stunning Jian in its own right. But it is also semi-customizable, with your choice of pommel fashioned as a replica of one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac that originally adorned the Garden of Eternal Spring in Beijing's Yuanmingyuan Garden.

The original designs of these heads were believed to have been created by the Jesuit Priest Giuseppe Castiglione as a gift to the Qianlong Emperor (25 September 1711 – 7 February 1799) and the 12 statue heads, cast in bronze, would spout water to tell the time. Stolen by British and French forces during the second Opium War (1860) only 5 have since been recovered and returned to China, with the Dragon, Snake, Goat, Rooster and Dog still missing and the rabbit and the rat controversially in a private collection.

Choose which one you like or which one corresponds to your Chinese Zodiac year or a year of special significance.

Below is a rough and ready guide:

Year of the Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

Year of the Ox: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Year of the Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998

Year of the Rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Year of the Dragon: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Year of the Snake: 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Year of the Horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Year of the Sheep: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Year of the Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Year of the Rooster: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Year of the Dog: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Year of the Boar: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

The blade is 1095 carbon steel, forged by a second rank master smith Jiang Xiaolong and folded with a distinctive Damascus pattern. Fittings are made from high quality, darkened brass with handle and scabbard made from hand carved ebony. Do not be fooled by cheap and nasty imitations, this sword is the real deal. Almost never seen out of China due to the uncertain market demand and high expense of production. However, with Forge Direct, you have a rare opportunity to order one of your own with FREE worldwide shipping right here at the SBG Sword Store!

How to Use

Designed for frequent cutting practice and/or display. Heirloom quality.
21" (55cm) blade, blade width 1.45" (3.7cm), 5.8" (15cm) handle, weight 2.2lbs (1kg)

Materials and Construction

Master Smith Hand Forged, FOLDED and Sharpened 1095 carbon steel blade. Ebony Scabbard and Handle with solid brass fittings. Custom Option Chinese Zodiac Pommel.
FREE SHIPPING direct from the forge in Longquan, China via SF Express or UPS, typically within 6-8 weeks (though please allow for unexpected delays)..

Warranty Info

Each sword is guaranteed to be as described and 100% genuine product. Each sword is also covered by in full by the Manufacturers Warranty PLUS our extended LIFETIME Warranty against blade breakage. Click here for detailed warranty information

Return Policy

Satisfaction Guaranteed. We proudly stand behind every product we sell. If you are not pleased with your purchase you can return it to us within 30 days of purchase in original, unused condition for a full refund minus shipping and 10% restock fee. Click here for more info on our guarantees

Featured positive reviews:

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Heirloom quality? I think so. 12/12/2016
my mini "rating" as following:

!) Presentation-- 4.50 / 5,
The box is generally well presented.

2) Craftsmanship-- 4.75 / 5,
The sword is put together nicely. The sword scabbard is artfully shaped.

3) Appearance of blade-- 4.75 / 5,
Nicely tapered and patterned.

4) Swing and practice-- 4.75 / 5,
Feel very balanced in the hand (centre of sword is 8.5cm from the junction of handle and guard). Swings through air with a nice blade whistle.

5) Fitting and furniture-- 4.40 / 5,
The brass furniture are solid. The only let down is the fabric cord which can be easily frayed. I worried that it could show wear quickly if the sword is used for practice regularly.