Xuan Wu Jian Artwork of Master Shen Xinpei Handmade Chinese Sword--sgl1002
|Shipping Weight : 2.5kg||Blade Material : Folded Steel|
|Blade Length : 82cm||Handle Length : 28cm|
|Width at Handguard : 3.3cm||Thickness at Handguard : 8.0mm|
|Weight without Scabbard : 1100g||Fitting Material : Brass Plated with Gold|
|Scabbard : Ebony|
In 2008 Chinese Ambassador in Oman presented a Xuan Wu Sword to Qabus Bin Said, the King of Oman. The sword was made by Shen Xinpei who is the Arts and Crafts Master of China. The fitings are hand-carved, made of brass and plated with real gold. The handguard is Yin Yang fish design, the fittings use four gods design. Four Gods are the mythological creatures in the Chinese constellations. They are the Azure Dragon(Qing Long) of the East, the Vermilion Bird(Zhu Que) of the South, the White Tiger(Bai Hu) of the West, and the Black Turtle(Xuan Wu) of the North. Each one of them represents a direction and a season. Xuan Wu is a turtle ebtwined together with a snake, in ancient China, the tortoise and the snake were thought to be spiritual creatures symbolizing longevity. It took 6 months to make the sword.
About the Swordsmith
Master Shen Xinpei is the 4th generation of Shen family, he's in charge of Shen Guanglong Sword Workshop now. He was born in 1948, he started to make swords with his father when he was 13 years old. He succeeded sword making technique from his father, he devoted his attention to making swords. He invented moldings and reformed sword making processes, cost was reduced and efficency was improved dramatically.
In the year of 1972, Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, visted China, Premier Zhou Enlai presented a Longquan sword to President Nixon as national gift, the sword was made by Shen Xinpei.
In 2007, Longquan sword forging technique was approved to be the First Batch of Nation-Class Non-material Cultural Heritage in China and Shenguanglong as the heritage protection site. Shen Xinpei was entitled as the inheritor of the technique and received Lifetime Achievement Award of Art.
For more information about Shen Guanglong Workshop and Master Shen Xinpei, please click below links.