The Longquan Sword Technique
TheLongquan sword, produced in Longquan in east China"s Zhejiang Province, is renowned for its sharpness, durability and tenseness.
Longquan was once called Longyuan, after the famous Longyuan sword, was renamed Lonquan during theTang Dynastyafter Emperor Li Yuan ascended to the throne and the suffix "yuan" could no longer be used. Since then, the sword has been known as the Longquan sword throughout the world.
The history of the Longquan sword can be traced back to theSpring and Autumn Period(770-476BC). There was a famous sword maker named Ou Yezi, who came to Longyuan and made three swords named "Longyuan", "Tai"a" and "Gongbu". Since the period of Ou Yezi, the tradition and methods of making Longquan swords have been passed down from generation to generation.
Longquan swords boast four characteristics: sharp and tough, flexible and strong, glittered coldly, and exquisite.
A finished sword will experience 90 working procedures, including several days of hand grinding. After being founded, it will be decorated with exquisite scabbard ,rosewood handle, matching silk andbronzebaldrics.
There are altogether 29 kinds of swords, including stick sword, short sword, and twin sword.
Today, Longquan Sword serves not only as a more-than-capable Wushu (martial art) performance piece, but also as a folk artwork to be presented to foreign guests. It also makes a perfect gift for friends and family, since a Longquan Sword hung on the wall of a room will bring good luck and peacefulness to the household.