General Qi's saber

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Tang sword fittings

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Wooden surface grain pics

Heat-treatment Patterns Part 2

Da Dao Part 2

Ridged Cross-Sections

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The personal saber of famous Ming Dynasty General Qi Jiguang, equipped with a back-edge and 2 fullers on both sides, dated 1582.

Currently in the collection of a Chinese museum.

Below: Comparative Blade Profiles

The blade profiles of 9 goosequill sabers... Scroll down slowly for a visual comparison... The characteristics of the grooves (various lengths and widths, and whether single, double or triple fullers) and the profile of the topmost part of the blade (which is affected by the design, shape and length of the backedge and the curvature of the cutting edge just before it terminates at the point) all determine the subtly different or distinctive looks of each individual saber.

Most of the pics here are courtesy of Alex Huangfu of