Cold Steel 88G Gim Sword
There are two basic types of straight bladed swords used in China. One is fairly long and heavy known as the Wu Jian or "Martial Sword". The other is substantially lighter and called a Wen Jian or "Scholar's Sword" and was primarily carried for personal self defense.
After studying books and video tapes on the history and use of both weapons, Cold Steel has decided to make their own battle worthy Gim (Wu Jian) for serious collectors and practitioners of the Chinese Martial Arts.
The blade of this Wu Jian is made out of 1055 Carbon steel and measures 30" long by 1 1/2" wide. For cutting and slashing, both edges are quite sharp and they terminate in a strong, useful point for stabbing. The traditionally styled guard and pommel are cast out of thick sturdy brass and fit snugly on a stout Rosewood handle that is both highly decorative as well as functional.
The Gim Sword comes with an excellent wood scabbard with brass throat, chape and sword rings and can be worn suspended from the belt or slung over the shoulder.
Ground shipments only. No sales outside USA.
- Blade Steel: 1055 Carbon
- Rc hardness: 60-64
- Blade Length: 30"
- Handle Length: 7 1/4"
- Length Overall: 37 1/4"
- Weight: 36.0 oz.
- Country of Origin: China
More about 1055 Carbon steel:
1055 steel is right on the border between a medium and a high carbon steel, with a carbon content between 0.50%-0.60% and with manganese between 0.60%-0.90% as the only other component. The carbon content and lean alloy make this a shallow hardening steel with a quenched hardness between Rc 60-64 depending on exact carbon content. These combination of factors make this one of the toughest steels available because, when quenched, it produces a near saturated lathe martensite with no excess carbides, avoiding the brittleness of higher carbon materials. This steel is particularly blades of almost legendary toughness.