The bigger and longer the spear, the more arrowhead like is the spear head.
The Ming Killer Spear (as the Ming Long Spear was called) has a very distinct type of almost bullet like spear head which was carefully design and a marvel in engineering. How to pack a killing tip and a sturdy socket in less than one tael 兩 (37.5 grams or 1.33 oz)?
Chinese spear techniques reach their zenith in the Ming Dynasty. With the publications of a number of Spear treaties that details the principles and techniques for the formidable Long Spear, also known as CHANG QIANG (長鎗)
With poles of length exceeding 3 meters, the treaties describe a very special type of spearhead. That is very light and very small, which did not weigh down at the end of a very long spear shaft and enabled the long spear to be lightning fast.
Ming Long Spear Head specification
Total Length 3 cun 寸 5 fen 分. Spear tip 1 cun 寸 5 fen 分, with a thick and tall spine, the edges should be sharp. Spear socket 2 cun 寸 with diameter 5 fen 分 . Socket should be hollow, with the spear shaft inserted all the way to the tip with no gaps. cun 寸 = 3.11 cm, fen 分 = 0.311 cm
The tip should not be heavier than one tael 兩 (37.5 grams or 1.33 oz). A lighter tip is a better tip.
Spearhead tip width half cun 寸.
The spear pole is 9 chi 尺 7 cun 寸.
(3 meters or 9.8 feet)
chi 尺 ~= 31 cm / 12.7 inches
For everyone who wants to explore and experience the peak of Chinese spear techniques, this spearhead is invaluable. This is one of the most compact spearhead that we had come across.
Available for order or as free-shipping add-on to other swords.
10 cm (4")
23.7 grams (0.83 oz)
Investment/lost-wax casting with stainless steel.
Heat treatment for increasing the hardness.
Investment casting (also known as lost-wax casting in the art world), is the oldest known metal-forming technique. The key benefits are versatility, accuracy, repeatability, integrity, and the wax can be reused. It is more expensive than other casting methods; however, it can incorporate intricate contours and the end components are near perfect, so they require little or no rework once cast.