White Serpent Ming Jian is a 1:1 replica of one of the most exquisite Ming Jian in private collection. During the Ming Dynasty, nobilities and high ranking ministers preferred Jian as their side arms as a weapon of self defense and a symbol of status.
White Serpent Ming Jian features a beautiful blade designed for cutting and thrusting. Both edges run almost parallel to each other with subtle tapering and end in a almond shaped tip. White Serpent has the Ming classic Gourd and Lingzhi hilt design but executed in delicate open metal work, project a sense of lightness and transparency. Richly appointed with brass fittings and ivory damask wrapped scabbard give White Serpent a distinctive Ming era design
White Serpent represent a high point in Ming Jian design and the original is one of the most beautiful Ming Jian preserved to this day.
All measurements are approximations
Each handmade blade various a bit
Sword only weight: approx. 870 g (1 lb. 14.7 oz)
Blade length: 76 cm (29.92")
Handle plus pommel length: 20.5 cm (8.07")
Total length: 96.00 cm (37.79")
Subtle tapering with gentle pointed tip
Width at hand guard: 34.35 mm
Width at tip: 23.14 mm
Thickness at end of hand guard: 5.54 mm
Thickness at the tip: 2.67 mm
POB: approx. 12 cm (4.72") from base of hand guard by the hilt
Blade Profile: diamond 4 surfaces
Steel option 1
Labor intensive classic Sanmai (three plate) steel.
Hand folded pattern steel on the outside,
T10 steel in the core.
Steel option 2
Folded pattern steel:
1060 carbon steel + T9 tungsten-vanadium high-speed tool steel.
1060 carbon steel
T9 tungsten-vanadium high-speed tool steel.
Tungsten <= 0.30
Vanadium <= 0.02
Molybdenum <= 0.20
Steel option 3
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.
The pommel is in Ming classic gourd design symbolize Fortune and Wealth, the hand guard is in the "Lingzhi" classic design symbolize Longevity. However, these classic designs are precision casted to recreate the intricate Lòukōng (鏤空) consists of the words lòu (鏤), "to carve", and kōng (空), "hollow". It is used to describe pierced work, openwork or fretwork.
The elaborate scabbard are framed from top and bottom and side to side with Serpent motif fittings, The long hanging raft is of the intricate shape of serpents. The scabbard is wrapped in ivory silk damask with raised classic pattern.
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.
Sifu Thomas Fuhr performing form and cutting demonstration using the White Serpent Jian,
Skallagrim reviews the White Serpent Ming Jian
Sifu Kuttel demonstrate Tai Chi Jian techniques with the White Serpent