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by bond_fan
Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Huanuo Royal Peony Mono Steel & San Mai Jians Reviewed
Replies: 12
Views: 14761

Huanuo Royal Peony Mono Steel & San Mai Jians Reviewed

Hi All, I had asked Scott Rodell to please do reviews on the Huanuo Royal Peony jians previously, but at that time he stopped doing reviews, because he felt it would be a conflict of interest to review products he sold. A very noble gesture, but it sort of put people who wanted to know about the qua...
by bond_fan
Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:10 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Butterfly swords/knives
Replies: 14
Views: 14781

Re: Butterfly swords/knives

Hi! I wanted to add that the above photos of the swords that are supposed to be hudiedao for Wing Chun don't look like any of the ones I am familiar with being a sifu in Wing Chun and a collector of antique hudiedao. Here are pictures of two sets of hudiedao, which look like traditional Wing Chun br...
by bond_fan
Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:30 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Custom Meteorite Jian Project
Replies: 32
Views: 33628

Re: Custom Meteorite Jian Project

I was wondering if anyone had an opinion on which looks better, the brass fittings from the Huanuo mono steel jian or the fittings I had gold plated for my custom Rick Barrett jian pictured above? http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt41/bond_fan/Swords/BrasPeonyJianAll.jpg Fittings for Huanuo mono s...
by bond_fan
Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Putting Together Huanuo Jian Without Fittings
Replies: 14
Views: 55988

Putting Together Huanuo Jian Without Fittings

Anyone know if there is a way to attach the handle to a Huanuo jian that I bought to steal the fittings off of? Figured maybe I can use the handle on the jian even though there is no guard and pommel, do something to keep the handle from sliding around for use as a practice sword or sell the scabbar...
by bond_fan
Sun May 22, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Opening for Dao Sword Guards
Replies: 8
Views: 8853

Re: Opening for Dao Sword Guards

Photo of the black jade (Nephrite) sword guard I carved. As soon as I get a sword for it I will cut out a space in the middle to accommodate the blade. In its high polish finish it looks like a metal tsuba made of shakudo. I may even attempt to carve the remaining fittings if I can find enough of th...
by bond_fan
Sun May 22, 2011 9:36 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Opening for Dao Sword Guards
Replies: 8
Views: 8853

Opening for Dao Sword Guards

Anyone have any idea how the Chinese or Japanese determine the location of the slit in which the sword is put on a sword/tsuba for either a Chinese or Japanese saber/katana?

I just made one out of jade (Nephrite) yesterday. Pictures to follow later today.
by bond_fan
Sat May 07, 2011 2:42 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Article on Daos from the Met
Replies: 2
Views: 4818

Re: Article on Daos from the Met

You're welcome!
by bond_fan
Fri May 06, 2011 4:53 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Article on Daos from the Met
Replies: 2
Views: 4818

Article on Daos from the Met

I found this great article on the Internet that was published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and authored by Philip Tom:

http://www.metmuseum.org/publications/j ... nnered.pdf
by bond_fan
Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Interesting Antique Double Jian
Replies: 4
Views: 7896

Re: Interesting Antique Double Jian

I showed the jian to a person who does the removing of nickle and chrome and he said all the three swords I showed him were nickle plated. He said the actual steel was visible where the etching was done on the blades by where the characters and pictures were etched. Another person read the character...
by bond_fan
Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:49 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Interesting Antique Double Jian
Replies: 4
Views: 7896

Re: Interesting Antique Double Jian

All I can say is I believe they are nickle plated, which means it was done probably pre-1970's. From what I learned about vintage guitars, when metal is nickle plated it tends to have a yellowish reflection, while chrome has a blueish reflection. I plan on showing the jian to a person who does chrom...
by bond_fan
Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:45 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Really Qianlong Era Jian?
Replies: 5
Views: 8786

Re: Really Qianlong Era Jian?

I have inspected photos from Book 56 Armaments and Provisions from the Palace Museum of daos and jians from Qianlong's collection and it appears the blades were all completely finished before the designs were inlaid on them. Nik, as I wrote in my above description from the original post it appears ...
by bond_fan
Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Really Qianlong Era Jian?
Replies: 5
Views: 8786

Re: Really Qianlong Era Jian?

Just as I suspected.
by bond_fan
Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Really Qianlong Era Jian?
Replies: 5
Views: 8786

Really Qianlong Era Jian?

Hi All, There was a Chinese jian that recently sold for over $4,600.00 USD on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rt=nc&nma=true&item=320658597097&si=uaGqHF4glWzYdNFwd0hmgoEWLP0%253D&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT), that the seller claimed to be late 18th century. He included...
by bond_fan
Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Interesting Antique Double Jian
Replies: 4
Views: 7896

Interesting Antique Double Jian

I have not seen a great many antique Chinese jian in person, as they are fairly hard to find. However, I have seen many pictured in books and photos from different web sites where they were either for sale or in someone's collection. I have noticed many of the longer antique jian from the Qing - Rep...
by bond_fan
Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:44 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: How Tony Mosen Jian Handle Compares to Real Jian
Replies: 6
Views: 8216

Re: How Tony Mosen Jian Handle Compares to Real Jian

Laoshi, Thanks for you added opinion! I finally inspected three real jian from the late Qing - Republic periods and did a comparison with my Mosen jian. What I found is the Mosen jian handle is almost the same size width as the antiques, but the antique handles are not as thick, nor as long. The Mos...