Place of Origin: CHINA
Date: Qing Dynasty, 19th Century
Overall: 28.75" Inches
Chinese sword breakers are rare, and the sculptural design of this steel example makes it even more desirable. The wooden grip is secured in place with iron pins decorated with brass flowers. This grip is flanked by a pommel and hand guard in the form of simple steel blocks, each corner being chamfered. The tapering square section ‘blade’ is made from a single piece of steel and chiseled along its length to create a row of connected blocks. These not only facilitate the catching and breaking of an opponent’s weapon but also transform this utilitarian object into an artful demonstration of metalwork.