65MN Spring Steel Han Dynasty Chinese Longsword
Amazing Value - Fully Functional Hand Forged 65MN Spring Steel Blade. A classic two handed Han Dynasty fighting sword.
The Chinese were so ahead of their time that they had two handed swords nearly 1000 years before the West - and this Han Dynasty (221BC to 206AD) sword is a stunning example of how technologically advanced the ancient Chinese really were. Designed to be used primarilty with two hands, but capable of being used with one as the situation dictates, these were versatile and powerful cut and thrust swords of truly amazing quality - many often featuring advanced lamination, folding and differentially hardened edges.
Our reproduction is has none of these advanced features, but simply follows the style and pattern with a beautifully tempered and tough 65 MN Spring Steel blade mounted in cast alloy fittings (ideally they would be brass or bronze, but the value of this sword is mostly in the blade). Weighing only 1.6lbs and balanced about 5" from the guard, for a 30" long two handed sword it is exceptionally fast.
Not just a display piece, this sword is fully functional and an extremely affordable Han Dynasty Sword to round out your sword collection - made available at a very modest price. Includes a free sword display box.
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Featured positive reviews:
Today I received this sword and was initially not very impressed. However, for $150, it's hard to be disappointed especially considering its performance.
The fittings are aluminum alloy so they're light, look cheap, but will never tarnish as long as they're clean. The guard is glued on, which seems to be a normal occurrence at this price point, but the glue can still be seen squeezing through some of the fittings. It's a miniscule issue though, because the glue can be chipped out with minimal effort.
The handle is shaped nicely and the cord wrap feels really good. It is easy to index the cutting edges and gives me a nice surface area for a strong two handed grip as the handle rounds toward the pommel. Ultimately how you feel about the shape boils down to your personal preference, but I really like it.
The scabbard is lacquered glass-smooth and is shaped elegantly. No complaints from me *thumbs up*
I believe the most disappointing experience was to see "CHINA" stamped into the side of the blade. I know this is a cheap production sword, but I feel it rather cheapens the appeal of this very functional weapon.
The polish of the blade isn't glass smooth, but the edge geometry (diamond) will make polishing a breeze.
~Which leads me to my favorite part!~
Cutting! At first I was really worried about the sword breaking or bending on me because it was so thin and light. Plus, seeing "CHINA" stare back at me did no favors for my confidence. So I started with water bottles before I gathered my courage and spiked a rolled tatami mat.
WHAT A BEAST!
The blade is so light and deft, it sped through the air and diced through my targets! I don't know if there's another word for this, but the tachikaze was louder and more pronounced than my other swords. It was a blast just swinging this sword around, but was utterly satisfying as it cut cleanly through my subjects.
In true amateur fashion, I made a few REALLY bad cuts where I turned the blade in the tatami or cut at particularly bad angles. I even felt the sword bend once or twice (as a result of poor form) but snapped back to true every time. Not a single incident of rolled edge, loose fittings, or bent blade as I abused about 20 soda/water bottles and 3 single rolled tatami mats.
All in all, I'm glad I bought the sword in spite of my first impressions. It doesn't feature the nice fittings found in more expensive Han Jian, but I'd say almost all of the value of this sword is in the blade itself. While it doesn't look like a cutter at arm's length, I was pleasantly surprised as it screamed through the air and left a clean impression on me and the former 34" tatami rolls.
Thanks for reading!