Spring and Autumn Long Handle Knife
This traditional Spring and Autumn Long Handle Knife (more commonly known by its nickname, the Kwan Dao) is most likely between 100-200 years old. The high-carbon blade is approximately 27" in length from tip to blood cap. There is minor pitting, but no knicks. There is some slight discoloration, mostly at the base of the blade near the dragon's head. The dragon's head and blood cap are made of solid cast brass.
The shaft and counterweight that would have been originally paired with the blade did not survive its history. At some point in the Kwan Dao's life, one of its owners affixed a heavy wooden shaft for use as a handle. The shaft is much thicker at the bottom end to provide some balance. This can be replaced by a more traditional shaft and counterweight at the owner's descretion. The blade itself is a beautiful display piece.