Clarence Mackay Double Dragons Sui Dao was inspired by a rare Sui Dynasty (581 - 618) Dao in the Arms and Armor collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Discovered in 1930 in a royal burial ground outside the Sui Dynasty eastern capital city of Luoyang. Clarence Mackay Double Dragons Sui Dao is a rare example of Sui Dynasty weapon and considered by many a National Treasure. This Sui Dao was brought to New York by Japanese antique dealer Yamanaka Sadajirō and purchased by Irish American Telecommunication Pioneer Clarence H. Mackay (1874-1938) as a gift to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It has been in the Arms and Armor collection for the last 90 years.
Clarence Mackay Double Dragons Sui Dao preserved the classic tradition of the Han Dao with a Ring Pommel. The exquisite ring pommel feature a "Double Dragons Chasing a flaming Pearl" motif, that was reserved for the Royal court and officials of senior standing. The blade is straight, sturdy and designed for piercing heavy armor popular at the time rather than cutting soft targets.
The double hung scabbard fitting is based on the design of Iranian Sabers, showing the foreign design influence coming through the Silk Road. The double hang rings enable to Dao to hang horizontally from the body, making this Dao suited for horse riding, demonstrating the ascendance of heavy calvary at the time.
The original Double Dragon have a 14.5 cm handle, our recreation slightly increase the handle length by 1.5 cm (0.59"), with the Ring pin 11 cm (4.3") from hand guard. This subtle adjustment provides a more comfortable grip while preserving the handling characteristics of the original sword.
Blade only weight: 700 g (1 lb 8.69 oz)
Sword only weight: approx. 958 g (2 lb 1.8 oz)
Blade Length: 80 cm (31.5")
Handle Length: 16 cm (6.3")
Location of ring pin from guard: 11 cm (4.33")
Ring Length: 5.8 cm (2.28")
Total Length: 101.8 cm (40.07")
POB off hand guard: 12 cm (4.7")
Width at hand guard: 25 mm, Width at tip: 19 mm
Thickness: 7.0 mm - 3 mm at the tip
Blade cross section profile: straight with chisel edge
Blade length wide profile: straight blade with round tip.
Folded pattern steel:
1060 carbon steel + T8 tungsten-vanadium high-speed tool steel
1060 carbon steel
T8 tungsten-vanadium high-speed tool steel.
Tungsten <= 0.30
Vanadium <= 0.02
Molybdenum <= 0.20
Superior heat treatment:
Hardness 54-55 HRC.
Blade rebounds to true after bending,
Cut bamboo with ease.
Hand polish to smooth soft shine and sword sharp edge.
Industrial precision casting brass double dragon pommel, cloud head shape hand guard.
Solid brass for the rest of the fitting to give a subtle two tone effect.
High quality African Blackwood handle (Dalbergia melanoxylon). Furniture grade Rosewood scabbard. Create an understated but stunning contrasting effect. We also offer an upgrade version with African Blackwood scabbard as well.
Fit and finish
We perfected the fit and finish of our swords and the assembly is meticulously performed by our senior craft masters. Sui Dao has 18 pieces of fittings and the assembly is complex. It takes two working days for a craftsman to assemble this Dao.
In 1930, Clarance H. Mackay, Irish American telecommunication pioneer, presented the rare Double Dragon Sui Dao, worthy of a Chinese national treasure, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The 'Mackay' Sui Dao was on public display in the Arms and Armor collection for almost a century since Mr. Mackay's generous donation.
Mang Shan, on the Northern outskirt of the ancient capital city of Louyang, was a desirable location for burial of high status individuals.
The whole areas of Mang Shan was dotted with high status and royal tombs.
Double Dragon was found in one of these tombs.
One of the Mang Shan tomb entrance
Stone cravings of a mystical beast to ward of evils outside one of the high status tomb dated back to the Han Dynasty.
Stone tablets and memorial signs outside one of the Mang Shan tombs
Antique dealer Yamanaka Sadajirō (山中定次郎, August 20, 1866 - October 30, 1936) who acquired the Sui Dao and brought it to his antique shop in New York.
Leather waist belt with one short and one long vertical suspension straps that tie to the P shape fittings on the scabbard.
This 2 point suspension system allow the sword to hung at 45 degree or more and was first adopted in China during the Northern Dynasties. Since then it was used throughout the Sui and Tang Dynasties until today.