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The Mystery of the Hidden Hilt Dao

https://youtu.be/Png0-Sfz6Nc In 1983, in Guyuan, a tomb of a General named “Li Xian” 李賢(504-569 AD)was uncovered in Guyuan, a Northwestern City in China known for its long history and connection to the silk road. the area boasts many treasures from those times. Its museum has a collection of not only Chinese artifacts from the days… Continue reading The Mystery of the Hidden Hilt Dao

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Roaring Dragons and Vanishing Rhinos: The Longsword Sword in Ancient China- Ben Judkins

The rhinoceros-hide armor was of seven folds or links, one over another; the wild-buffalo’s-hide armor was of six folds or links; and the armor, made of two hides together was of five folds or links. The rhinoceros-hide armor would endure 100 years; the wild-buffalo-hide armor 200 years; and the armor of double hide 300 years.                                                                        The… Continue reading Roaring Dragons and Vanishing Rhinos: The Longsword Sword in Ancient China- Ben Judkins

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Ben Judkins: Knight Errantry and the Soaring Sky

Ben Judkins returns with another in depth review of the historical topics with Chinese historical replica swords! The Soaring Sky. Source: LKChenswords.com. For ten years I have been polishing this sword;Its frosty edge has never been put to the test.Now I am holding it and showing it to you, sir:Is there anyone suffering from injustice?The Swordsman (剑客)… Continue reading Ben Judkins: Knight Errantry and the Soaring Sky

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In Pursuit of Double Dragons: A Sui Dynasty Dao

A closeup of the hilt of the Mackay Sui Dao from the collections of the Met. Note that the hilt of this sword is not actually broken, its image was manipulated for this photo. The Archeology of Dragons Today’s story begins with two, seemingly unrelated, artifact finds.  In 1930 two Chinese sabers (dao) believed to… Continue reading In Pursuit of Double Dragons: A Sui Dynasty Dao

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Ben Judkins: More Swords from LK Chen

Ben Judkins returns with another great review oof sword form LK Chen! Please check out thee original post on Kung Fu Tea! LK Chen’s Magnificent Chu Jian. Source: LKChenswords.com Rediscovering a Lost Sword Culture A single puzzle piece is useless on its own. Sometimes it takes one mystery to illuminate another.  Such is the case with… Continue reading Ben Judkins: More Swords from LK Chen