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Factory Blemished - Iron Tiger Forge Tang Dynasty Long Dao - AC0929-BLM
Iron Tiger Forge Tang Dynasty Long Dao
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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.

During the Tang Dynasty (618–907) the single-edged Dao was a popular weapon, having muscled out the Jian for military preeminence centuries earlier. Notice how the blade bears a resemblance to the katana? During the Tang Dynasty, many Chinese and Korean smiths emigrated to Japan where their metallurgical skills were in demand. From these Tang smiths the Japanese would adopt the swordmaking techniques of folded steel and the use of clay for differential hardening. Even as late as the 12th century, many Japanese smiths were were claiming fabled Chinese smith Ganjiang as the original patron of their skills.

This Tang Dao was made in Longquan, a region that was central to sword production in the Song Dynasty. The blade is folded high carbon steel of 1045 and 1065, it contains 6,600 layers. It is the higher grade of steel from this manufacturer and has a more finished polish that brings out its additional steel layers. Folded steel was a common blademaking method in China as it minimized impurities and melded hard and flexible steels together for a compromise containing both qualities.

The fittings are of handmade brass and feature the peony flower, regarded as the flower of ‘’riches and honor’’ in China. The scabbard and grip are of darkened wood. The sword comes in a wooden, ornamented gift box with a boxed cleaning kit and a silk embroidered sword bag.

Overall Length: 42 1/2'' Blade: 28 7/8''
   

Retail Price: $2,000.00
$1,284.95
$974.00

Weight: 3 lb 1.5 oz
Edge: Very Sharp
P.O.B.: 3 3/8''
Thickness: 6.3 mm - 4.6 mm
Width: 29.4 mm
Grip Length: 7 5/8''
Pommel: Threaded
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