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by Nik
Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Re-attaching Pommel Cap
Replies: 3
Views: 2706

Re: Re-attaching Pommel Cap

If you want to be able to remove it, you have to use screws or bolts.
by Nik
Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:04 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: were shorter jian common before 19th-20 Century
Replies: 13
Views: 9323

Re: were shorter jian common before 19th-20 Century

My eyelight may fail me here, but could it be that the top 40% of the blade have a 3-4 degrees angle to the first 60%, i.e. it isn't entirely straight but also not curved ? Somehow an unusual blade layout ?
by Nik
Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:43 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: were shorter jian common before 19th-20 Century
Replies: 13
Views: 9323

Re: were shorter jian common before 19th-20 Century

Do you do monosteel on the dao, or qianggang style (inserted edge) ?
by Nik
Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: were shorter jian common before 19th-20 Century
Replies: 13
Views: 9323

Re: were shorter jian common before 19th-20 Century

Well, this pic shows accurate fittings you may be looking for, they are almost the same (minor differences in carving) on the Klingenmuseum one, in the private collection of a friend, and in some auctions I saw. Which means they're either a common style produced in some numbers during late Qing, or ...
by Nik
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:00 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: were shorter jian common before 19th-20 Century
Replies: 13
Views: 9323

Re: were shorter jian common before 19th-20 Century

I know that short jian existed, and that I have seen blades that fall into your measures in the Klingenmuseum in Solingen and in a private collection. Which doesn't say a lot about how common one or the other length has been in a given period. However, these swords were heavy in comparison to their ...
by Nik
Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Putting Together Huanuo Jian Without Fittings
Replies: 14
Views: 21129

Re: Putting Together Huanuo Jian Without Fittings

Yes it looks welded, but, who in all earnest welds a rat tail to fix the pommel ? The vibrations will break the connection after some time.
by Nik
Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:46 am
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Putting Together Huanuo Jian Without Fittings
Replies: 14
Views: 21129

Re: Putting Together Huanuo Jian Without Fittings

They are welded ??? :roll:
by Nik
Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: new forumite with question
Replies: 11
Views: 7398

Re: new forumite with question

Trips to museums, and obtaining books with well-documented historical samples, are also very helpful in determining styles. Modern remakes don't necessarily have to be very accurate, they are usually made rather closely after a certain museum piece in outside appearance, but vary a lot from the orig...
by Nik
Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:54 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Huanuo Royal Peony Mono Steel & San Mai Jians Reviewed
Replies: 12
Views: 10513

Re: Huanuo Royal Peony Mono Steel & San Mai Jians Reviewed

Yes, it helps. Now, the Sanmei jian's balance is almost dead perfect on the 15,24cm = 6", while the mono steel one is too top heavy by too much. Over 17cm, a jian handles a bit hard, which is nice for getting a successful cut, but it becomes less of a jian and more axe-like.
by Nik
Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:20 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Huanuo Royal Peony Mono Steel & San Mai Jians Reviewed
Replies: 12
Views: 10513

Re: Huanuo Royal Peony Mono Steel & San Mai Jians Reviewed

The easiest would be if you provide the POB again, measured from the white line on my picture. Everything else depends on guessing the size of the guard. :D
by Nik
Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:00 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Huanuo Royal Peony Mono Steel & San Mai Jians Reviewed
Replies: 12
Views: 10513

Re: Huanuo Royal Peony Mono Steel & San Mai Jians Reviewed

The point of measurement (for both POB and blade length), as explained by Scott, is from the end of the handle where the guard begins. Not where the blade comes out of the guard. Given the correct point, the balance should be around 6", without much variation (given and take some 0.5"). The handling...
by Nik
Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:32 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Huanuo Royal Peony Mono Steel & San Mai Jians Reviewed
Replies: 12
Views: 10513

Re: Huanuo Royal Peony Mono Steel & San Mai Jians Reviewed

The point of balance is as far as I remember historically inaccurate for a jian, as the variation was some 5.5" to 6.5" with a strong emphasis at 6". Of course, with a much shorter POB, you can move a sword much easier, especially when it's far on the heavy side compared with the historical average ...
by Nik
Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:06 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Custom Meteorite Jian Project
Replies: 32
Views: 24680

Re: Custom Meteorite Jian Project

You have to keep in mind that beefy looking, heavy fittings are exactly that, heavy. It will be impossible to have a sword with a correct dimensions blade weigh in at below 820g, you will end up more like in the +950g region. I don't exactly like the trend of having modern replica jian weight (far) ...
by Nik
Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Putting Together Huanuo Jian Without Fittings
Replies: 14
Views: 21129

Re: Putting Together Huanuo Jian Without Fittings

There are industrial glues that would fit the handle to the blade that strong that you need to use a saw to get it off afterwards.
by Nik
Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:01 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Really Qianlong Era Jian?
Replies: 5
Views: 5876

Re: Really Qianlong Era Jian?

Is it safe to assume that a sword with that many drawings and engravings with no sign of well done steel pattern would always be a late tourist or ceremonial sword ? Or have there been such examples with large hanzi and pictograms hammered into the surface on an actual nobility sword with a well don...