The Miao Dao, the "grain leaf" sabre, receives its name from the early 20th century despite its ancient origin. Its history is a subject of debate among some scholars and sword enthusiasts but all agree about its reemergence in the mid-16th century by General Qi Jiguang who resurrected the sword to combat pirates raiding coastal cities. After the victory over the pirates the Miao Dao remained useful battling enemies of the Ming Empire which led to this famous general's men to be known as the "invincible Qi army". Highly coveted by the soldiers the swords didn't pass along this weapon easily.
This beautiful Hanwei Maio Dao is the pinnacle of Chinese sword craftsmanship. The 33" steel blade features a groove on on both sides of the blade to lighten the balance. The ribbed handle is a beautilful dark burgandy which is echoed by the deep burgandy lacquered scabbard. The gorgiously ornate guard and pommel are stainless steel as well as all the other accutrements. An elegant weapon from a more honorable and duty bound age.