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Factory Blemished - Iron Tiger Forge Noble's Beile Liuyedao - AC0925-BLM
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This is a factory blemished model it will have small cosmetic defects but no issues that will effect it's function. Examples include, small surface scratches, scabbard dents or cracks, minor blade pitting, etc. Larger issues like blade chips, cracks, warps or anything else that will effect performance will not be included with these. Please note that we do not keep track of every specific minor blemish, so please do not contact us asking for details, we will not have them available. We are offering these items at a further discount for customers who are not overly concerned with cosmetics and intend to put them to some use.

Ornamented Liuyedao, the ‘’willow leaf saber’’, are commonly seen in the portraits of Qing Beile (Lords, Nobles) and their bodyguards. These portraits feature the sword and scabbard with a squared ‘’fangshi’’ style grip and more ornamentation then is seen on the more common soldier’s swords. These Dao are influenced by the Mongolian sabers with their downward-curving grips and a stylized blade collar at the guard. The Chinese however discarded the quillon crossguards of the Eurasian swords in favour of a Japanese inspired tsuba-like guard. Liuyedao such as these first appeared in the Ming Dynasty and reached the apex of popularity in the Qing Dynasty.

The embellishments in the fittings and wood carvings on the scabbard exemplify the keen taste for opulence embedded in late-period Qing nobility (1736-95). The wood-carved dragons on the scabbard are four-clawed – a representation of the nobility (five claws were reserved for the Emperor).

This Liuyedao was made in Longquan, a region central to sword production in the Song Dynasty. The blade is folded high-carbon steel of 1045 and 1065 containing containing 6,600 layers. It is regarded as the higher quality steel from this manufacturer and has a more finished polish that brings out its layering detail. The fittings are of handmade brass and the scabbard and grip are of darkened wood. The sword comes in a dark brown gift box with a boxed cleaning kit and a silk-embroidered sword bag.

Overall Length: 35 1/2'' Blade: 27''
   

Retail Price: $2,664.00
$1,666.95
$1,466.00

Weight: 1 lb 14.8 oz
Edge: Very Sharp
P.O.B.: 5 3/8''
Thickness: 6.2 mm - 3.2 mm
Width: 33.90 mm
Grip Length: 6 1/2 mm
Pommel: Threaded
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