Chinese Swords

The Chinese sword has a rich history that spans over thousands of years. While the earliest Chinese swords were made of stone, during the Shang Dynasty (1700 BC - 1027 BC), the development of bronze led to rudimentary metalsmithing. The Chinese blades developed during this age weren’t elegant or beautiful by any means.

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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 Chinese 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.

At Swords of Northshire, we offer a wide selection of Chinese swords for sale, including the jian, dao, and many others. Our Chinese swords are handmade by skilled swordsmiths using traditional techniques and materials, ensuring that each sword is a true work of art.

We offer both functional and decorative Chinese swords, so whether you are a martial artist or a collector, you can find the perfect sword for your needs. We also offer customization services, allowing you to create a one-of-a-kind Chinese blade that is tailored to your specifications.

With our commitment to quality and craftsmanship, you can be confident that you are receiving a true masterpiece of Chinese sword making. Browse our collection right here 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 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.

FAQs

A katana is a japanese sword characterized by a curved, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.

The katana is generally defined as the standard-sized, moderately curved Japanese sword with a blade length greater than 23.86 inches. It is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.

Western historians have said that the katana was among the finest cutting weapons in world military history.

Having a regular cleaning routine in place is key to maintaining your katana.

You can purchase a traditional sword cleaning kit that will have everything you need. There are three steps: removing oil, polishing the blade, and oiling the blade.

Using a sheet of rice paper from the kit or soft cotton cloth, remove any oil that is still on the blade from the previous maintenance. Take the powder ball and tap it lightly against the blade about every two inches or so along its length. Take a fresh piece of rice paper and rub the powder over the blade to polish it. Do this until both sides of the blade have been polished and the powder completely removed. Take the bottle of oil and apply a few drops along the length of the blade on each side. Use a fresh piece of rice paper to spread the oil evenly on the blade.

The most iconic and well known of all the Samurai swords; the katana is distinguished by its long blade and handle that is made to accommodate two hands and strike from a large distance. It has a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard. The katana has a set of dimensions that separate it from other samurai swords. A traditional katana will measure 3 to 4 feet in total length, with the hilt taking up one-fourth of the total and a characteristic curvature of more or less than 1 inch.

A full tang katana is the sword where the tang extends to almost the whole length of the handle, which makes the blade and the handle the same piece of metal. This gives to the sword certain rigidity and makes it a very solid piece to enjoy.

Full Tang katanas are handmade swords. They can be made of various stainless-steel types according to the Carbon Concentration. The forging is the essential part of the production because it allows the samurai sword to be solid and relatively light. Commonly, the piece of metal is repeatedly heated by fire and hammered while the metal is being folded. The mounting of the different parts is a very delicate operation that has its origins deep in the Japanese civilization. Samurai are used to cherish their Katanas as their trusted partners, and they handle them with love and care.