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    That's very interesting. I usually avoid...

    That's very interesting. I usually avoid composite materials but this one has a rather nice grain structure and is also quite dense. Using high density materials for making the blades is certainly an...
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    The sword looks genuine. It may or may not be...

    The sword looks genuine.

    It may or may not be from the Boxer period, it is very hard to date these accurately. Similar swords have been made for centuries, possibly even earlier than the Ming,...
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    I've just had another look at the jian with the...

    I've just had another look at the jian with the single fuller and it appears that the scabbard is also made of bamboo. Coarse, even-grained, straight fibres. The features that really give it away are...
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    You are right, of course. I should not have used...

    You are right, of course. I should not have used the term fake as that implies intention to deceive....but I would hesitate to call them repros. Reproduction implies that they are facsimiles of...
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    Hi Dave, The decoration on the fittings of...

    Hi Dave,

    The decoration on the fittings of your two jian is quite unusual. These sort of motifs are commonly seen on Chinese porcelain but not on Chinese swords. I can only recall one example of...
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    All Peter's words, I'm just relaying them. ...

    All Peter's words, I'm just relaying them.

    This might be something of a hijack but I'm finding it a very enlightening discussion....and all the more interesting for me because I've recently been...
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    Some thoughts from Peter Dekker: I think both...

    Some thoughts from Peter Dekker:

    I think both theories have merit, in that:


    1.) Qi Jiguang was impressed by the weaponry he encountered in use by the Dwarf Bandits / Japanese pirates.
    2.) Qi...
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    I have to thank Jon for pointing out your thread...

    I have to thank Jon for pointing out your thread to me. I don't often get around to checking into the forum. Nice to find a topic so close to my heart!

    I considered trying ash for sparring jian...
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    I couldn't say if cherry or hornbeam would be...

    I couldn't say if cherry or hornbeam would be suitable, but oak is fine for sparring swords. I've used both air-dried English oak and also kiln-dried American White oak. The air-dried was harder and...
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    San Mai is the Japanese term.

    San Mai is the Japanese term.
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    I don't have any experience of Elmer's wood glue...

    I don't have any experience of Elmer's wood glue so I'm unable to comment on that one. In theory you can use any glue that will bond the cord to wooden grip, but my preference is for a quick drying,...
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    I think that it is unlikely to be shellac on the...

    I think that it is unlikely to be shellac on the antiques. The Chinese have used shellac for hundreds of years, but as far as I can ascertain, they only used it for colouring (anyone have evidence to...
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    Kaitlyn, Grip wrapping is a skill...... and...

    Kaitlyn,

    Grip wrapping is a skill...... and like any skill, it's quite easy when you know how. it just takes practice and repetition. So it's worth doing a lot of practice wraps before you...
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    Hi Kaitlyn, I actually did the wrap myself. I use...

    Hi Kaitlyn, I actually did the wrap myself. I use Peter Dekker's method which allows me to glue and pull the cords tightly as I'm wrapping. The wrapping technique in Jon's link will give you good...
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    Some more from Peter Dekker........ It is...

    Some more from Peter Dekker........



    It is a misconception that jianfa needs to go hand-in-hand with poetry, court etiquette, and all that. Surely farmers wouldn't have time for that but they...
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    Chinese. Late Qing Dynasty (probably 19thC)....

    Chinese. Late Qing Dynasty (probably 19thC). Shuangjian - double swords.
    It looks from the pics that they are genuine but of course one can't be entirely sure without actually handling the swords....
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    I've had a word with Peter Dekker of Mandarin...

    I've had a word with Peter Dekker of Mandarin Mansion, and this is what he has to say :



    Bows in Europe were mainly a rank-and-file infantry weapon. Knights were generally heavy shock troops,...
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    No.....unfortunately, it's not possible to tell...

    No.....unfortunately, it's not possible to tell the age from the corrosion patterns and I don't know any way of dating it from the style.

    I have a very similar one with a Chinese-style faceted...
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    Hi Jhony, It looks real to me. The corrosion...

    Hi Jhony,

    It looks real to me. The corrosion is deep, irregular and the right sort of colours. Artificial ageing tends to produce a more even pattern to the pitting and the colour is often reddish.
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    If you contact Peter Dekker at Mandarin Mansion, he will be able to supply you with authentic cord in traditional colours. He also has a tutorial for a different method of grip wrapping. I've tried...
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    Thanks Jon. The pics below are of a version for...

    Thanks Jon. The pics below are of a version for forms practice:

    Blade - 30"
    Overall length - 37.25"
    Grip length - 5.5"
    Weight - 815g
    Pob - 165mm from base of guard.

    Solid oak from tip to...
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    The metal scabbard with ring suspension mounts...

    The metal scabbard with ring suspension mounts and a fin at the chape is very similar in design to a Japanese shin gunto scabbard. The difference is that this one has bone(?) mounts applied to the...
  23. Hi Jon, here is a thread about Enlightenment...

    Hi Jon, here is a thread about Enlightenment Swords. Some of the swords do look good but as you can see from the thread, there is still a question mark hanging over their suitability for cutting with.
  24. In the last picture, two (or possibly three) of...

    In the last picture, two (or possibly three) of the teeth are joined at the edge. This would seem to indicate that the lighter teeth are in fact the central plate and that the folded cheeks of the...
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    The top sword is very like this Taoist ritual...

    The top sword is very like this Taoist ritual jian which Philip Tom described as a 'Sino-Korean' jian. The suspension systems and the Ming style 'beards' of the scabbards are very similar. Also, both...
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