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The Yue Kingdom (which encompasses modern day Zhejiang province and Shanghai) was one of the states during the warring states period dating back over 2500 years. It was the era set for the legendary story of the warrior known as Aqing - a young shepardess who was trained in the art of the sword by a supernatural white gibbon and discovered by the royal advisor, Fan Yi. So impressed by her supernatural sword fighting skills, Aqing was hired to train the entire Yue army via his generals - advising the King himself that the secret to her power was the application of the power harnessing the Yin and the Yang.
Over time, Aqing begins to fall in love with the advisor Fan Yi - but after several victories attributed to the skills imparted by her to the army, he is re-united with his true love, Xi Shi. Furious and blinded by jealousy, Aqing seeks out Xi Shi with the intent to kill her - a young woman famous throughout the Kingdom for her beauty and grace. But as she thrusts her sword forward, she hesitates, but not before her internal energy - channeled through the sword - causes her injury even though the blade itself did not touch her..
The pain of the internal energy showed on her beautiful face - which became even more beautiful from the pain and fragility - and led to the modern day Chinese expression '西子捧心' (Xi Shi clutches her bosom) which refers to a womans' beauty being even greater when in pain or distress..
The actual tale of the Yue Maiden is believed to be legend - but the sword itself is a replica of a Yue Kingdom sword that would have perhaps suited her - with a short yet wide blade that is extremely fast in the hand, weighing only 2.42" and balanced just 3.9" from the guard. The wide double fullered blade and ribbed handle to help with a secure grip combine together in what is a serious fighting sword that was well ahead of its time, designed for both the cut and the thrust - and we feel a fitting tribute to the Yue Maiden.
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!
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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.