Here is the Paul Chen / Hanwei description of this most impressive sword:
"From the master swordsmiths of the Hanwei forge comes the Qi Jian, a re-creation of an ancient design that utilized one-piece forging.
The entire sword, from pommel to tip, has been forged from a single billet of steel.
This forging technique provides unparalleled strength and balance while exhibiting a clear, bell-like tone when lightly struck.
The sword’s name originates with the Qi nation, one of the many warring states that eventually formed modern China.
Legend has it that Feng-Xuan, one of the Qi people and a central character in a well known folk tale, possessed such a one piece sword and would use its ringing quality to accompany his singing.
The sword’s grip is rayskin wrapped, a feature matched by the wrap on the throat of the scabbard, making for a stunningly beautiful presentation."