Tang Dynasty was considered by many as the high point of Chinese swords making with some of the most advanced forging and heat treatment techniques of the time. Tang Dao's influence was far and wide beyond China to neighboring countries like Korea and Japan.
In the 7th century, during the height of Tang Dynasty, Japanese delegations brought many Tang Dao back to Japan as treasures for the royal court. And it is through the careful preservations of these 7th century Tang Dao in Japan that we got know what these famous Tang Dao looks like. Furthermore, recent Chinese excavations unearth Tang Dao specimens enriching our appreciation of the diversity of blade geometry and sword forms in Tang Dynasty.
Frontier Tang Dao is a no-nonsense tactical sword designed for combat with superb cutting ability.
The idea is to present a sword representative of the era, by combining features find in similar time period Tang Dao. With the blade profile taken from a Tang Dao in a Chinese private collection and with scabbard and fitting inspired by surviving specimens house in SHŌSŌ-IN treasure house in Nara, Japan.
Versatile in it's design, the Frontier Tang Dao is balanced enough to wield single handed on horseback while the handle is long enough to hold with double hands to deliver powerful cuts.
Sword only weight: approx. 932 g (2 lb.)
Sword and Scabbard: approx. 1337 g (2lb. 15 oz)
Blade Length: 74.6 cm (29.4")
Handle Length: 26.0 cm (10.2")
Total Length: 100.6 cm (39.5")
Width at hand guard: 29.79 mm,
Width at tip: 21.26 mm
Thickness at hand guard: 7 mm
Thickness at the tip: 4.29 mm
Point of balance: 14 cm (5.5")
Blade cross section profile: ridged back with acute triangular cross profile
Blade length wide profile: straight blade with chiseled tip
Folded pattern steel: 1065 carbon steel + T8 tungsten-cobalt-vanadium high-speed tool steel.
Superior heat treatment: Clay tempered differential heat treatment. Hardness 58 HRC. Sturdy blade rebounds to true after bending, Cut bamboo with ease.
Hand polish to mirror shine and very sharp edge.
Solid hand wrapped rose copper fittings.
High quality rosewood scabbard.
Fit and finish
We perfected the fit and finish of our swords and the assembly is meticulously performed by our senior craft masters. It takes one whole working day for a craftsman to assemble our swords.
A single carriage goes to the frontier;
As envoy I cross northwest mountains high.
Like tumbleweed I leave out fortress drear;
As wild geese I come under Tartar sky.
In boundless desert lonely smoke rises straight;
Over endless river the sun sinks round.
I meet a cavalier at the camp gate;
In Northern Fort the general will be found.
PIPA, a musical instrument came to China via the Silk Road during the Tang Dynasty
XUAN ZANG - PILGRIMAGE TO INDIA THROUGH THE NORTHWEST FRONTIER
TANG DYNASTY - A GOLDEN AGE THAT WAS OPEN, PROGRESSIVE AND VIBRANT