Hand Forge Folded Praying Mantis Jian

This magnificent jian is a masterpiece of art and craftsmanship, with its incredibly intricate fittings (using the lost wax method).

Four taiji symbols, thirty-two mei hua (plum blossum flowers) and thirty-six tang lang (praying mantis) decorate this majestic sword. Each number auspiciously corresponds to a complex numerological system based on the I-Ching, a classic and timeless Chinese philosophy book also known as the 'Book of Changes'.

The style in which the praying mantis has been depicted on this jian was made famous by the eminent Chinese artist Qi Bai Si (1864 ~ 1957). In the animal world, the praying mantis is known for its fierce and technical fighting nature when engaged in combat, hence the conception of many martial art systems based on the movements of the praying mantis.

Mei hua (plum blossom flower) is a flower deeply revered by Chinese people. Because it only blossoms in winter, it symbolizes strength and perserverance and is one of the four most classical subjects for traditional artists to depict.

The I-Ching is a book deeply respected in Chinese culture as one of the many great works that helped to influence Chinese philosophy in the ages to come. With six coins or a handful of yarrow sticks, the I-Ching is also used as a means of divining the future.

The blade of this jian has been constructed from hand forged folded steel into the traditional diamond shape and inserted with high carbon steel. Different steels together created a blade which was extremely resilient and capable of withstanding shock and impact without breaking.


Furthermore, a high carbon steel edge is inserted into the blade to provide an edge tougher than the folded steel body, capable of holding its sharpness and supported by the more supple steel. 

The blade is then differentially heat treated using clay to further harden the blade and quenched in water for improved hardness and edge retaining capabilities.

As high carbon steel becomes brittle, it becomes supported against breaking by the resilient body of the folded steel, combining a balance of soft and hard for a sharp blade that would not break.

The blade bears beautiful patterns from the layers of different steel and the Enlightenment mark has been engraved on the blade during forging, our stamp of quality approval.

All the fittings of this regal sword have been arduously made using the highly sophisticated lost wax method, which involves casting using six moulds, each time furthering the detail of the cast by hand carving.

An elaborate praying mantis tung kuo has also undergone the lost wax casting method and has been fitted on the hilt of the blade. Translating to 'mouth piece', the tung kuo was usually reserved for more prestigious swords not only for decoration but to protect the hilt of the sword from the constant rubbing from the mouth of the scabbard.

The handle is covered by a single piece of rayskin with two pins going through the full length tang. One of the pins is specially made, allowing for a decorative cord to be passed through and tied in a tassel like manner.

The scabbard and handle are made from purple sandalwood, famous for its pleasant aroma and extraordinary strength.

The praying mantis jian is forged into the traditional diamond shape. It has perfect balance (four fingers from the hand-guard), and is a fast sword, comfortable for both dexterous single handed use and double handed for delivering extra power.

The traditional praying mantis jian has been crafted to exceptionally beautiful standards with highly auspicicious characteristics and much cultural significance. It is highly collectable, yet still functional and practical, suitable for martial arts training.

The traditional praying mantis jian has been crafted to exceptionally beautiful standards with highly auspicicious characteristics and much cultural significance. It is highly collectable, yet still functional and practical, suitable for martial arts training.

Code CJP 001A
Name: Two Handed Praying Mantis Jian 
Construction : Hand Forge Folded Steel with Inserted High Carbon Steel Blade
Wood : Purple Sandalwood 
Blade Length: 77 cm
Total Length 100 cm
Weight: ...
Hand Guard Solid Brass six times Moulded and Hand Carving to Perfection
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