Shen Feng Bao Jian
Blade Steel: Sanmai (three plate) pattern welded steel.
Blade Length: 28" (71 cm.)
Sword Length: 34 1/2" (87 cm.)
Overall Length: 35 1/2" (90 cm.)
Sword Weight: 2 lb. 3 oz (983 g.)
Decoration/Materials: Semi-precious stones, gold electroplate on brass and ray skin.
Each blade is individually hand forged so lengths & weights may vary slightly.
Huanuo List Price: $1650
Our List Price: $1255
The Qianlong Emperor's reign (1736-1795) was the zenith of Qing military power. Qianlong himself was something of a renaissance man, being an accomplished painter, poet and martial artist. In fact, it is said that he could best his own body guards. He was also the last Chinese emperor to personally lead his troops in combat.
During his life, Qianlong had over a hundred swords designed for his personal use and the use of his close attendants. The design of many of these swords break with Chinese design traditions and are typically, lavishly decorated.
Huanuo's Shen Feng Bao Jian has fittings that faithfully reproduce the ceremonial sword carried by the Emperor's attendants on auspicious occasions. The name Shen Feng is tricky to translate into English. Shen means spirit and Feng means sharp. Together they mean extremely sharp, implying to be used by skilled hands. Bao Jian means precious sword. Like the original, this recreation is decorated with semi-precious stones and gold. Only 2 of the original Shen Feng Swords are known; one is in the collection of the Forbidden City and there is one in the Musée de l'Armée in Paris. Thanks to the artisans at Huanuo Forge, the Shen Feng Sword is available again.