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Qin bronze rapier
Topic Started: May 4 2012, 03:22 PM (1,132 Views)
william m
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Hi all,

With any luck I should have a replica Qin dynasty bronze rapier waiting for me at home tonight. I am incredibly excited as a two handed bronze sword sounds very special. I don't think that I will have any problems in doing some slight re-profiling, removing damage and general polishing, but when it comes to mounting the sword I am in need of a little help.

The problem is that I don't have much clue as how the original swords looked when fully mounted. The pictures below are the only decent ones I have so far managed to find online of the Qin bronze rapier. From looking at the pictures below I have a pretty good idea of the guard but the pommel is a bit of a mystery. The images don't show it very clearly and I am wondering what the grip should be.

If anybody had any further insight, I would very much like to know! :)

Sword with both the guard and pommel.
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From looking at this image and the one above, the pommel looks very flat, which makes me wonder if it was flush with the grip.
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Bronze sword with jade fittings. The pommel is missing.
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Iron sword with jade fittings. This sword seems to have a pommel similar to those found on Han swords.
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Gregory J. Liebau
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Hey William,

Any news on this project? I'm surprised I didn't notice the thread before! I researched Han iron jians for a while. This sounds like a really cool sword you've got a hold of, and I'd love to know more about it!

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