Magnificent Chu Jian is a single hand Chu Jian model after the design of 2,000+ year old Chu Jian specimens excavated during the 1950-1980 from tombs dating back to 315 - 221 BC, in regions within the ancient Kingdom of Chu. Kingdom of Chu was famous throughout the land for their steel swords and Chu Jian's fame was mentioned in multiple historical records. Contemporary with the mature bronze swords, Chu Jian represents an advancement in iron foundry technology and is an example of early transition from bronze to steel weapons.
In the hand guard are two inscriptions in ancient bird-worm seal script of the word for gentleman warrior 士 "Shi".
The blade have double wide groove fashioned after bronze swords showing the transitional design from bronze weapon to the first steel weapon.
Sturdy and substantial hand feel in-spite of its light weight.
The hilt has an oval cross section profile for accurate edge alignment.
Blade only weight: 560 g (1 lb. 3.75 oz)
Sword only weight: approx. 760 g (1 lb. 10.8 oz)
Blade length: 80 cm (31.4"),
Handle length: 15 cm (5.9"),
Total length: 95 cm (37.4"),
Width at hand guard: 35 mm, Width at tip: 20 mm
Thickness: 7 mm - 2.5 mm at the tip
POB: approx.17.78 cm (7") from hand guard
Blade Profile: 8 surfaces shallow groove
Folded pattern steel: 1065 carbon steel + T8 tungsten-cobalt-vanadium high-speed tool steel.
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 case brass fittings.
The hand guard have classic Taotie Zoomorphic pattern.
The pommel have beautiful concentric circular grooves, a signature of high status exclusive for king and nobility.
Ancient Chu Style thin edge and slim scabbard.
The beautiful scabbard pattern is classic Chu phoenix motif in red, accented with yellow on black background.
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.
LK Chen test a recreation of a 2,300 year old Chu Jain
Bronze sword 300 years before the Magnificent Chu Jian
Chu Noble ascending to heaven with his Chu Jian
Magnificent Chu Jian resurrect this ancient elegant blade profile
The Terracotta Qin Army
Preserving Chu-Style lacquerware
Singer Gong Lin Na sang the Chu song "AS I URGED ON TO SEEK MY VANISHED DREAM" , accompanied by replica of 2500 years old set of chimes and bells. Notice the color scheme of the set. Red, yellow, black, gold, which LK Chen used for the Chu Phoenix motifs in Magnificent Chu Jian and Roaring Dragon. The translation of the beautiful lyrics can be found below.
Swift jade-green dragons, birds with plumage gold,
I harnessed to the whirlwind, and behold,
At daybreak from the land of plane-trees grey,
I came to paradise ere close of day.
I wished within the sacred brove to rest,
But now the sun was sinking in the west;
The driver of the sun I bade to stay,
Ere with the setting rays we haste away.
The way was long, and wrapped in gloom did seem,
As I urged on to seek my vanished dream.
The dragons quenched their thirst beside the lake
Where bathed the sun, whilst I upon the brake
Fastened my reins; a golden bough I sought
To brush the sun, and tarred there in sport.
The pale moon's charioteer I then bade lead,
The master of the winds swiftly succeed;
Before, the royal blue bird cleared the way;
The lord of thunder urged me to delay.
I bade the phoenix scan the heaven wide;
But vainly day and night its course it tried;
The gathering whirlwinds drove it from my sight,
Rushing with lowering clouds to check my flight;
Sifting and merging in the firmament,
Above, below, in various hues they went.