Dao (刀) is considered one of the four traditional weapons in China. While it has varied greatly over the centuries, dao blades are slightly curved and single-edged in general and believed to be effective in the thrust. Hilts curve in the opposite direction of the blade, the handles are wrapped with cord and the guards are disc-shaped and often cupped, all for practical intentions during handling. During the Qing dynasty, the continuous Mongol influence led to a series of new blades collectively known as peidao (佩刀), noted for the blade's greater curvature.
The Qianlong Pei Dao is based on one of Qianlong's treasured sabres, 金龙皇帝大阅佩刀. As with the rest of his collection of weaponry, it is a true embodiment of the prosperity that Qing Dynasty enjoyed under Qianlong's reign. Four fullers (凹槽) run along the Damascus steel blade with a golden dragon perched on the spine (刀背), its mouth open and pointing towards the tip. The wooden scabbard (刀鞘) is wrapped with red genuine rayskin, capped with gilded copper relief at both ends strikes a nice contrast with the cord-wrapped handle. Turquoise and red coral gemstones adorn the scabbard, handle (刀柄), guard (护手), exuding a charisma befitting of a powerful monarch.
Blade Length: 70cm
Blade Steel: Damascus Steel
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