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Folded Steel Dragon Guandao - POLEARM1

Folded Steel Dragon Guandao

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Overall Length: 85 3/4'' Blade (Including Dragon Blade Collar): 26 1/4''
Retail Price:$1,126.00

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Folded High Carbon Steel
13 lb 4.6 oz
Moderately Sharp

This large Chinese Guandao Halberd has a blade forged from folded steel. Folded steel has a long history in China and was a traditional method to blend hard and soft steels into a single blade to create a weapon that could both retain a hard edge and flex.

This halberd is copiously embellished with intricately detailed antiqued solid brass fittings. The haft is black-coated wood and a brass bell with tassel completes the halberd. Included is a leather sheath for the blade and a brocade-wrapped wooden gift and display box. The halberd ships in two pieces and is screwed together to complete its assembly. The brass bell also needs to be attached to a pre-drilled hole in the blade.

In Luo Guanzhong’s celebrated 14th century novel, the ‘’Romance of the Three Kingdoms’’, general Guan Yu wields the large and mighty ‘’Green Dragon Crescent Blade’’ with masterful proficiency. According to legend he is the inventor of the Guandao and is rarely depicted without his imposing halberd at his many shrines. His ability to use such a large and weighty weapon gives him Herculean-like stature in the story of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

In Song and Qing texts this weapon is referred to as a ‘’Yanyuedao’’ - the ‘’Reclining Moon Blade’’. However, due to the halberds close association with Guan Yu, it is more often referred to as the Guandao. This example, like the legendary Green Dragon Crescent Guandao of Guan Yu, is both mighty in stature and prominently features a dragon motif throughout.

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