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While the earliest Chinese swords were actually made of stone, during the Shang Dynasty (1700 BC - 1027 BC), the development of bronze led to rudimentary metalsmithing. The weapons developed during this age weren’t elegant or beautiful by any means. It was only during the Zhou Dynasty (1045 BC - 256 BC) that short, one-handed, double edged swords made of bronze became common. Much later, two-handed steel blades were finally created during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD).

 

As sword making techniques became more refined, various sword styles also developed including the creation of the liuyedao, yanmaodao, and niuweidao swords — which are all dao swords. Browse the collection at Swords of Northshire to learn more about our Chinese sword selection.

 

Chinese Sword Styles and Selection

 

There are five weapons that every warrior learned to use in ancient China, including the spear, halberd, and staff. The Dao (sabre) and Jian (sword) complete this list, and each has its own unique shape, history, and uses.

 

Dao Blade

All dao swords have single edged blades that are usually curved. Dulling and thickening one side of the blade increases its reliability and ease of use. The dao swords were most often used by cavalry soldiers from horseback. Some historians believe that the dao influenced Japanese sword makers to create the katana and wakizashi style blades.

 

Jian Blade

Unlike the dao’s curved single edge, the jian blade is a straight, double edged sword. The first jian sword was mentioned in writing around the 7th century BCE. Historically, the one-handed version of jian swords have blades that vary between 18 and 31 inches with a weight of 1 to 2 pounds. Larger, two-handed versions of jian swords exist for use in several different Chinese martial arts.

 

Custom Battle Ready Swords For Sale

 

At Swords of Northshire, all of our custom weapons for sale are full tang, functional, and battle-ready. They can be sharpened and engraved to your specifications for use in the dojo, during ceremonies, and for decoration. Each sword is made to order by master swordsmiths who have spent years learning ancient Chinese and Japanese sword making techniques. 

 

Choose a sword from our collection to receive an expertly-crafted handmade blade today.

 
Your custom-made katana begins its life in the famed swordsmithing town of Longquan located in the remote, green mountains of Qinxi. The art of blade making has continued, unabated, for over 2,600 years near the cold, shining waters of the Ou River. Your sword's exact crafting methods are entirely u..
$189.99
Sokka’s Sword | Avatar: The Last Airbender   Chinese Meteor Sword   In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Sokka trains with a master in Piandao to improve his fighting skills. As part of his training, he forges a sword from a fallen meteorite. The sword he creates is known as a Jian, ..
$279.99
The single-edged Dao sword became the favored weapon during the Tang Dynasty after Chinese and Korean sword smiths emigrated to Japan. Their metallurgical skills were in highly sought after, and the Japanese adopted some of their sword making techniques, like folded steel and using clay for differen..
$679.99
During the Tang Dynasty (618-907) the single-edged Dao was a popular weapon, having superceded 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 metallurg..
$364.99
During the Tang Dynasty (618-907) the single-edged Dao was a popular weapon, having superceded 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 metallurg..
$179.99
This battle ready Han Jian sword is made of 1095 high carbon steel, designed to be perfect for practical Chinese martial arts training. The blade is heat-treated, tempered, and oil quenched to achieve optimal levels of durability and hardness. Traditional design with modern construction, this i..
$339.99
This battle ready Jian sword is made of folded steel, designed to act as a walking cane. The blade is heat-treated, tempered, and oil quenched to achieve optimal levels of durability and hardness. When the sword is locked, it's a walking stick. The handle and cane(scabbard) are made of ebony, a..
$319.99
This battle ready dao sword is made of 1095 high carbon steel, designed to be perfect for practical Chinese martial arts training. The blade is heat-treated, tempered, and oil quenched to achieve optimal levels of durability and hardness. The blade is thick, powerful, and full tang. Traditional desi..
$269.99
This battle ready Jian sword is made of folded steel, designed to act as a walking cane. The blade is heat-treated, tempered, and oil quenched to achieve optimal levels of durability and hardness. When the sword is locked, it's a walking stick. The handle and cane(scabbard) are made of ebo..
$419.99
This battle ready Jian sword is made of folded steel, designed to be perfect for practical Chinese martial arts training. The blade is heat-treated, tempered, and oil quenched to achieve optimal levels of durability and hardness. Traditional design with modern construction, this is not your ave..
$469.99
This battle ready Jian sword is made of folded steel, designed to act as a walking cane. The blade is heat-treated, tempered, and oil quenched to achieve optimal levels of durability and hardness. When the sword is locked, it's a walking stick. The handle and cane(scabbard) are made of ebo..
$349.99
This battle ready Han Dynasty Jian sword is made of folded steel, designed to be perfect for practical Chinese martial arts training. The blade is heat-treated, tempered, and oil quenched to achieve optimal levels of durability and hardness. Traditional design with modern construction, this is ..
$269.99
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