Weng Dao Willow Leaf Saber
This sword is a Weng Dao or willow leaf saber worn by the Royal Guard or the Honor Guard only, distinguished by it’s square shapes thought out the handle and scabbard. Normally these were for ceremony only and marked the difference between the Royal Guard and other soldiers. Don’t let the ceremonial looking handle deceive you, this hand forged blade is capable of chopping and cutting as good as any other functional sword. You can see from the nicks on this blade, it has been used numerous times. This style of ceremony sword was used thought out the entire Ching dynasty [1727 -1911].
Wide fuller runs the length of the blade with an unusual fuller pattern over the first third. Blade has a rounded tip with minor pitting and discoloration and a few small, shallow nicks. Hardened edge and active pattern visible. Fittings are all of heavy engraved brass with square guard, hilt and a flared-end, squared-off pommel. All fittings are covered in a traditional cloud-dragon motif. Hilt and scabbard are of black lacquer with rectangular cross-section.
Overall Length: 34.5 inches