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    Help with a Jian sword identfication

    Good evening,
    I have been collecting japanese nihonto for a while now but i recently gained interest in other asian swords.
    Yesterday i came across with a Jian sword and i would like some advice as i know nothing about these.The thing is that imo fittings look cheap and fake,but i have seen that this seems to be the case in many of these chinesse swords.
    The blade however,seems quite nice.
    It shows rust,patina and partially faded the 7 gold stars in both sides,and also has three fullers.
    If i had to decide i would say is fake but as i don´t know anything about chinesse swords i would like to ask for advice,
    Thanks,
    Jose

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    Modern fake or decorative jian. That's a nasty looking blade. Sometimes these things have nice blades and trash fittings; on this one the fittings look better than the blade.
    "In addition to being efficient, all pole arms were quite nice to look at." - Cherney Berg, A hideous history of weapons, Collier 1963.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timo Nieminen View Post
    Modern fake or decorative jian. That's a nasty looking blade. Sometimes these things have nice blades and trash fittings; on this one the fittings look better than the blade.
    Thanks,
    and any advice you could give me about where to look to get a genuine one or how do average fittings look?

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    To get a genuine one, find a reliable dealer, preferably one who has experience with Chinese swords.

    Some examples:
    http://www.mandarinmansion.com/welcome
    http://sevenstarstrading.com/site/swords/
    http://www.swordsantiqueweapons.com/forsale.html
    and there are others out there, too.

    For a good book, you could try http://www.amazon.com/Steel-Swords-C...dp/7533253582/ (which can sometimes be found at reasonable prices on ebay).
    "In addition to being efficient, all pole arms were quite nice to look at." - Cherney Berg, A hideous history of weapons, Collier 1963.

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