Cutting Jian

“Chinese Cutting Sword” designed by Scott M. Rodell

Blade Steel: Specially Heat Treated High Carbon Steel with historically accurate curved edge geometry.

Blade Length: 31″ (79 cm.)

Sword Length: 39 1/2″ (100.5 cm.)

Overall Length: 42 1/2″ (108 cm.)

Sword Weight: 1 lb. 15 oz (900 g.)

Decoration/Materials: Steel fittings with Rosewood scabbard and cord wrapped grip.

Each blade is individually hand forged so lengths & weights may vary slightly.

Our List Price: $295 Temporarily Out of Stock

CAS/Hanwei List Price: $490


Designed by teacher and author*, Scott M. Rodell, this simple and elegant jian is a revival of the classic Chinese straight sword. This purpose built sword is designed for both cutting and forms practice. It utilizes a special steel formulation and heat treatment regiment developed by Hanwei that optimizes edge hardness and body toughness while staying true to the feel and handling of period jian. The overall design of this sword is based on Rodell’s years of study of 1,000s of antique Chinese jian. In particular, this historically accurate jian features a blade with a curved surface edge geometry as was the standard for Chinese swords. In order to find the best, historically accurate edge for use by modern practitioners, teacher Rodell tested a number of different edge geometries during the course of the development of this cutting jian. The edge on this sword performs well whether cutting soft plastic targets or hard bamboo or wood.

* Rodell’s books on swordsmanship include, “Chinese Swordsmanship – the Yang Family Taiji Jian Tradition,” and “Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship,” both available on this site.