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  • Semi flexible steel
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Straight Swords

It was more than 2,500 years ago when straight swords were first used in China. The Chinese call it jian, and it is known as “The Gentleman of All Weapons”. Its main purpose is to stab, cut and thrust. However, instead of just being a weapon for the mentioned uses, it can also be used to slash.

 

In history, the jian was used in a practice called shizhan. This was a skill practice on dummy targets made of rice straw, saplings or bamboo. Nowadays, the jian is most popular for its use in Chinese martial arts schools for practicing the taijiquan. It is also said to be the highest form of expression of the art of Kung Fu. Traditional jian swords were made by putting soft steel blades on both sides of harder steel. Flexible tai chi jian is mainly used for ceremonial performances.

 

Manjusri is a Taoist entity of wisdom whose name literally means “Gentle Glory”. He is almost always depicted wielding a jian. On the other hand, the Sword of Gouijan is a very real jian from the Spring and Autumn Period, found in Hubei, China in the 1960s. This sword is most famous as it is highly resistant to dulling and tarnishing.