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    Real antique or new replica? Dao

    Personaly I dont know much about chinese swords. Would gladly hear if you think it's a new replica or real antique.
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    New made. This is a commercial laminated blade, the billet often made in Pakistan apparently. The original blades were burnished bright, but when etched show more of a moire silk pattern, like this....
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    Not a bad piece though, and depending on what you paid for it, or they are asking, not a total waste.

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    Agree with David - it's a new replica. A similar sword (not antiqued): http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chinese-Long...-/141827322170

    I don't think these Chinese folded blades are Pakistani. Plenty of modern damascus/folded blades come out of Pakistan, but these are a different style (the Chinese ones are usually sanmei, with a simpler damscus pattern). There's well-established production in China.
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    Ok! both thank you for the feedback and quick reply.

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    The quality of these Chinese fakes varies a lot. Some of them have well-made blades with excellent heat treatment, while some are left unhardened. Some have short stubby tangs that don't fit the hilt well, and aren't really functional as a result, while others are made with proper full-length tangs.

    'Tis a fake, but it might be a good sword, functionally speaking. Or might not. If you're interested in checking (which would require disassembly), the pommel is probably just glued on, and underneath there will probably be a nut holding the handle on. Remove nut, take of handle, and see what you have.
    "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 Robbin V. View Post
    Personaly I dont know much about chinese swords. Would gladly hear if you think it's a new replica or real antique.
    Next time ask yourself....how could any antique weapon have absolutely no wear at all?

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