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Ornate Tang Dynasty, differentially hardened and folded two handed Yi-Dao fighting sword from the Baojian Forge.
Made to Order, Ships in 6-8 weeks.
Truly a sword fit for a King, or an Emperor as the case may be - the Imperial Yi-Dao is a cosmetically stunning and eminently functional replica of the type of sword popular during the Tang Dynasty, (618-907AD) which is considered by many scholars to be the high point of Chinese Civilization.
The blade itself is a true masterpiece - both folded and differentially hardened to produce a hard edge and softer, shock absorbent spine and swords like this were exported all over Asia and were modified by the original designer of the iconic Japanese Katana, the legendary swordsmith Amakuni. Handling characteritics are indeed very similar to a Katana, with a 10.5" grip and weighing 2.75lbs but feels more lively with a closer point of balance than most Katana which tend to feel a little 'tip heavy'.
In earlier periods such as the Warring States, two handed swords were a battlefield weapon, but at the height of the of Tang Dynasty, the sword became the symbol of the literate gentleman - which they used both for self defense and self cultivation. With such a sword, the legendary Tang swordsman Pei Min was claimed to have been able to cut four arrows in the air while riding from horseback, which is no mean feat!
Decked out with premium quality hand made brass fittings and premium black ebony hardwood scabbard and handle - it is the complete package and one of the best fully functional replicas of a Tang Dynasty Yi-Dao available anywhere in the world.
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!
ABOUT THE FORGE
One of the biggest and most famous forged in China dedicated almost exclusively to producing historical, functional replicas of genuine Chinese Swords - the Baojian (precious sword) Forge joined Forge Direct in late November 2019 with many of the more expensive blades being personally forged by the current owner, level 2 ranked Master Smith Zhangshu Ji.
Established in 1956 with over 50 smiths (including several rank 1 Master Smiths) and 200 workers, this forge was selected in 1972 to produce 4 swords that were gifted to President Nixon during his historic visit to China and is renowned throughout the country as one of the best quality suppliers of premium quality traditional Chinese swords and ancient weaponry.