Taotie Jian Longsword by Dragon King. Large ancient Chinese sword. Forged blade of high carbon steel 5160. Exceptional fittings. Wood core scabbard.
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Rooted deeply in Chinese culture going back to the Neolithic age and first finding expression during the Shang and Zhou dynasties as a monster mask on bronze ritual vessels, the legend of the taotie still manifests in modern cutlery on eating utensils and plates. The Taotie (gluttonous monster) consumes permissively and according to myth eventually human flesh. Punished by the gods for his overindulgence, as a warning to others the gods took away his body and jaw so all he can do was eat constantly, leaving nothing but a head and gaping mouth.
The artisans of Dragon King conceived this new take on this ancient warning in the form of the Taotie Jian. The classic zoomorphic head motif is featured embossed on the pommel and the guard. The 37 3/4" blade's 7" ricasso (3/8" thick at base!) reenforces the overall strength for powerful thrusts and blocks. The 12 1/2" wood core handle is prestinely thin cord wrapped which allows for an easy grip for a 51 1/2" long sword. A black lacquered scabbard with matching accents secures this beast.
Forged High Carbon Steel Blade (3/8" thick at base).
Exceptionally Detailed Fittings made from Lost Wax castings.
Black Lacquered Wood Core Scabbard.
Overall: 51 1/2".
Blade Length: 37 3/4".
Handle Length: 12 1/2".
Weight: 2 lbs 6 oz.
Point of Balance: 6".
Blade Steel: 5160.
Made by Dragon King for Hanwei.