Longquan Sword (also Seven-star Sword), produced in Longquan region of Zhejiang Province in East China, is well known both at home and abroad. It is renowned for its durability and tensility, which is achieved by optimally integrating the metal"s softness with its hardness. In its perfect sharpness, Longquan Sword glitters coldly with exquisite, decorative workmanship.
China was one of the earliest countries to develop weapons of metal, and among the forest of swords in its vibrant history, Longquan Sword shines brightest. The history of Longquan Sword traces back to the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476BC), more than 2,300 years ago. According to its functions, Longquan Sword falls into three categories: inflexible sword, flexible sword, and traditional martial sward. These swords have been praised in poems and articles written by famous scholars throughout the ages.
Longquan swords are all hand sharpened. A finished sword will experience 90-odd working procedures, including several days of hand grinding. After being founded, it will be decorated with exquisite scabbard and rosewood handle, and with matching silk and bronze baldrics. There are altogether 29 kinds of swords, including stick sword, short sword, and twin sword. Longquan Sword has won manu prizes at a number of international fairs.
Longquan Sword was used as a weapon of survival in ancient times. Today, it may serve not only as a more-than-capable Wushu (martial art) performance piece, but also as a treasured example of folk artwork to be presented to foreign guests. Longquan Sword that the PRC presented to President Nixon at the time of the normalization of Sino-US relations has a scabbard covered with snakeskin.
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.