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Yi Chungmugong sword

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忠武公 長劍
Admiral Yi Sun-shin's sword


 This is a reproduction of Admiral Yi Sun Shin's great, twin, swords.  Yi Sun Shin was the greatest admiral in history, victorious in 23 out of 23 naval battles against the fearsome samurais during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592.  Admiral Yi would often look upon his twin swords to gain inspiration and courage before battle.  The highlight of his career -- which immortalized his name -- was defeating 133 Japanese ships with only 13 Korean war ships. After this battle, Japanese admirals dared not challenge him, but trembled at the sound of his name.  The legendary Japanese Admiral Togo, who defeated the Russian navy in 1905--Russia having one of the greatest navy at the time--said, "It may be proper to compare me with British Admiral Hiratio Nelson [the greatest admiral known to the Western world], but not with Korea's Yi Sun Shin, for he has no equal."

This Admiral Yi Sun Shin sword is approximately half the size of the original. (The twin swords that Admiral Yi had commissioned in 1594 are over 6 feet in length.)  Inscribed on this blade are the words that Yi Sun Shin had inscribed on his twin swords: "With this 6-foot sword, I swear to Heaven, as the seas and mountains tremble.  I whip -- I sweep.  The rivers and hills are dyed red with the blood of my enemies."

( “三尺誓天 山河動色 一揮掃蕩 血染山河“ )

 The inscriptions in this sword are engraved by one of Korea's foremost swordsmiths, Master Lee Sung Ho.

This sword has a blade profile and design similar to that of the original Admiral Yi twin swords, including two fullers (or bohi in Japanese) on each side.  The blade is forged from high carbon SK steel and is through-tempered.  As a result, it is reliable and resists edge-chipping when used in lengthy cutting practice.  Though the blade is forgiving of bad cuts, the sword is designed to be wielded by even the best of swordsmen, as the blade steel is tough and has an extremely sharp edge. The spine of the blade is tapered, thus, lessening the overall weight of this heavy blade.  An artificial hamon enhances its beauty. Final polishing is done by hand.

Notable attention to detail is paid to the fittings, which are hand-cut and hand-welded. They are elaborately designed, and representative of Korean sword fittings during the time of the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592.  The fittings grab tightly onto the sword and transition smoothly onto the scabbard and handle. Two metal rings are fixed to two bracket fittings on the scabbard so that a leather strap or rope can be tied to the sword.  The strap or rope goes around the swordsman's belt and allows the sword to hang onto the belt--in traditional Korean style.  This allows the sword to be pivoted backwards when shooting a bow so that the handle of the sword is out of the way of the drawn bow string.

The scabbard (or saya in Japanese) is custom-fit to the blade so that the blade is held snug in the scabbard without rattling.  The practitioner will find that the sword can be sheathed and unsheathed in a surprisingly smooth manner, without any bumping or snagging of the blade against the scabbard.  The scabbard is carved from wood and given a finish of glossy black lacquer.  The mouth of the scabbard has buffalo horn that has been precision-cut to fit around the wood.   The handle is tightly wrapped in premium, cotton wrap and is overlaid with rayskin.  The tang is signed by the maker of the sword, Master Lee Sung Ho.

If you would like more options for this sword, including folded steel; differential heat treatment using traditional clay process; laminated blade; high-grade polish and finish; or a 6-foot reproduction of the original twin swords, please see other selections in this website.


Specifications:

 Blade Length 74cm Total Length 103cm Weight 1167g

 Blade Width: Habaki 3.4cm Kisagi 2.9cm


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Yi Sun-sin in World History 

Yi Sun-sin was a great leader of Joseon who saved his country on the peril of break down during the Imjin War. In 1592, while the country was in dire crisis with the invasion of Japan, Yi Sun-sin made over 20 times of battles with the Japanese forces and he won all the battles to protect the country and people. He created the first armored vessel, the turtle ship, in the world, and had a great victory in the Battle of Hansando with the battle of guns by using the strategy of the Hakik-jin. In particular, Myeongryang Battle where Yi Sun-sin had 13 ships to defeat the Japanese naval force of some 130 ships and it is referred to as the miracle of the world naval battle history. In the final Noryang Battle, he left the famous patriotic words that “the fight is still on that do not tell them that I died.” Yi Sun-sin has been one of the most respected person for Koreans after all these 400 years of time.

Yi Sun-sin recorded the unprecedented victories that could not been found anywhere in the world history. Genghis Khan was defeated in two wars in 20 times of war that he was involved in, Napoleon lost four wars out of 23 wars, the Great Emperor Frederick was defeated in three wars from 12 wars, and Hanibal lost one war in five wars. However, Yi Sun-sin fought 23 times and victorious in all 23 times. He had 23 small and large battles in seven years with the absolute disadvantageous number of soldiers and number of ships, Yi Sun-sin led all the battles victory without single defeat, and all he lost was two c1s from the attack of the Japanese forces.

The followings are the assessment of world historians on Yi Sun-sin.

When Admiral Yi SUn-sin was appointed as Jeollajwasusa one year prior to the Imjin War breaking out, a friend of him had the following dream.

There was a large tree with its height reaching to the sky and has dense branches. On the tree, there were several thousands and tens of thousands people climbed up and rested their bodies on the tree. And, when the root of the was pulled off and about to fall, a person buttressed the large tree with his body to support, and looking closely to him, it was Yi Chungmugong.
(『Full edition of Yi Chungmugong』 「Haengrok」)

How could Admiral Yi Sun-sin make his friend to have such an inspiration to dream like that? The dream could be thought of as making up the story to glorify the heroic records of Admiral Yi Sun-sin. However, on the other side of this dream story, it would be reasonable to reflect the expectation on Admiral Yi Sun-sin due to the unstable domestic and overseas political situation.

Consequently, Admiral Yi Sun-sin rescued the country in dire peril during the seven years of war, Imjin War, the largest war in East Asia of the 16th century. No one would deny the virtuous deed of Admiral Yi Sun-sin who saved the falling Joseon Dynasty and people of despair with the invasion of Japanese invaders.

 

 
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Product Name Yi Chungmugong sword
Price $1,050.00
Retail Price $1,300.00
Manufacturer Self-production
Origin Republic of Korea

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