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 can be constructed in two ways: 1095 high carbon steel clay tempered method or traditional jia gang method. Clay Temerped method is to apply clay along the blade of one single 1095 high carbon steel but let edge exposed while quenching. This creates the edge that is tough to cut, the back of the blade is flexible to absorb the impact during cutting, and leaves beautiful wavy tempered line on the blade. Since a 1095 high carbon steel is so hard that the blade itself is easy to breaks if theres any mistakes during the quenching process. Only the smith that has mastered the forging skill would be able to perform this highly difficult method and create the masterpiece. Jia gang method is where a high carbon steel edge is inserted into a body of softer, lower carbon steel. This way a sharp, tough (albeit brittle) edge is supported by a resilient flexible body, capable of withstanding impact and under stress, that will bend rather than break.
Inserted Blade/ Jia Gang Method 1095 High Carbon Steel Clay Tempered Method
The blade is then differentially heat treated using clay to feed carbon into the blade and quenched in water for improved hardness and edge retaining capabilities. 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 numerous 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 fittedon the hilt of the blade. Translating to 'mouth piece', the tung kuo wasusually reserved for moreprestigious swords not only for decoration but to protect the hilt of the sword from the constant rubbing from the mouth of the scabbard.
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.
|Name:||Hand Forge Folded Praying Mantis Jian|
|Construction :||Hand forged Differentially Heat Treated clay tempered 1095 high carbon steel|
|Wood :||Yellow Hua Li|
|Blade Length:||90 cm|
|Total Length||120 cm|
|Hand Guard||Solid Brass six times Moulded and Hand Carving to Perfection|
|Availability:||Please Contact us|