Poor heat treated, only suitable for light cutting.
The Miao Dao, the "grain leaf" sabre, receives its name from the early 20th century despite its ancient origin. Its history is a subject of debate among some scholars and sword enthusiasts but all agree about its reemergence in the mid-16th century by General Qi Jiguang who resurrected the sword to combat pirates raiding coastal cities. After the victory over the pirates the Miao Dao remained useful battling enemies of the Ming Empire which led to this famous general's men to be known as the "invincible Qi army".
This very large cutting sword sports a full tang 9260 through tempered spring steel live blade. The fittings are constructed from blackened brass with a hard and strong wenge timber hilt and scabbard. Well balanced and formidable in hand this sword is well suited to medium taget cutting, and a must have for any blade collector and Chinese martial arts practitioner.
Blade Length: 97cm
Handle Length: 40.5cm
Point of Balance: 15cm
Blade Steel: 9260
Specs will vary slightly
from piece to piece.