Gale Wind is 1:1 recreation of a classic "Cloud & Lingzhi" Ming Dynasty Jian
Blade only weight: 610 g (1 lb. 6.5 oz)
Sword only weight: approx. 1043 g (2 lb. 4.8 oz)
Blade length: 77 cm (30.3")
Handle plus hand guard length: 20 cm (7.8")
Handle only length 15 cm (5.9")
Total length: 97 cm (38.2")
Width at hand guard: 35 mm, Width at tip: 15 mm
Thickness: 7.0 mm - 2.5 mm at the tip
POB: approx. 10.5 cm (4.1") from hand guard
Blade Profile: diamond 4 surfaces
Steel option 1
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
Steel option 2
GB 60Si2MnA High Carbon Manganese Spring Steel
(Compare to AISI/SAE 5160 spring steel)
Element % 60Si2MnA AISI/SAE 5160
Carbon 0.56-0.64 0.56-0.61
Silicon 1.60-2.00 0.15-0.35
Manganese 0.60-0.90 0.75-1.00
Phosphorus <=0.030 <=0.035
Sulfur <=0.030 <=0.040
Chromium <=0.35 0.70-0.90
Nickel <=0.35 <=0.25
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 grade precision cast stainless steel fittings.
The hand guard is in the Ming classic "Lingzhi" mushroom shape
The pommel is in Ming classic cumulus cloud shape.
Handle wrap in white ray skin with overlaying blue flat cord wrapping
The pommel is secured by threaded nuts instead of historical peening methods to enable self adjustment by the owner should the hilt expand and contract over seasonal temperature and humidity swings.
Furniture grade "Chicken Wing" Wenge hardwood with stainless steel scabbard mount
Fit and finish
We perfected the fit and finish of our swords and the final assembly is meticulously performed by our senior craft masters. It takes a skill craftsman one whole working day to assemble our sword to a precision fit.
LK Chen recreates blade geometry based on antique specimens and each period sword has their unique blade profile reflecting the technology and combat requirements of their historic time period.
Gale Wind, a powerful Cut and Thrust Ming Jian
Close up of the Cloud shape pommel and Lingzhi shape hand guard. Blue wrapping cord on top of white rayskin covered hilt.
Classic Ming Dynasty Cloud and Lingzhi Jian
Classical Ming Jian with its stout and wide blade
With Gale Wind Ming Jian
With Gale Wind Ming Jian
Ming Dynasty scholars built urban gardens in the city of Suzhou