Xiang Laosai: representative inheritor of the Achang Husa Sword Forging Technique
My name is Xiang Laosai. I’m a member of the Achang ethic group.
I’m the representative inheritor of the Achang Husa Sword Forging Technique, a national-level intangible cultural heritage.
We live at Husa Township in Longshan, southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
Husai is a place with high altitude, good natural environment and fresh air.
The air, natural environment and the mountains are all very beautiful.
The Achang Husa Sword is called “One of the Top 4 Most Famous Swords” in China.
The technique of forging swords, which has a history of over 600 years, has been inherited from one generation to the next.
It is a symbol of Achang culture.
Sword is an indispensable part in us Achang people’s lives.
No matter old or young, Achang people can’t live without the sword after they were born.
When a baby is born, he must be equipped with a little copper knife.
The copper knife is tied on the back of the waistband and will be there forever.
When he grows up to be a young man, he then will be equipped with a little saber.
When he becomes an adult and gets married, he will be equipped with a long sword.
If a young man falls in love with a girl, he will give his little saber to the girl as a gift.
I began to learn it with my father when I was a child.
At first, I learned how to use an air bellow for two years.
When I was 13 or 14 years old, I began to practice forging.
Making an authentic Achang sword takes time and skills.
It will be durable with a nice feel after severe hammering.
The former standard sword has no patterns on it, which is called Baidao,
Then patterns of dragons and phoenixes are carved on swords.
People all like the kind of swords with dragon and phoenix patterns.
Making an ordinary sword also bring benefits to several families
who help me make scabbards, hilts and straps.
Anyway, an ordinary sword is assembled by at least five or six families.
The swords will be on display at the exhibition hall after being finished.
If someone sees it and likes it, he will buy it. Many have been sold now.
I constantly invented and innovated various types.
Our Achang Swords are very good works of art.
我的商标是注册了，它的名字就是我的名字。[ Editor: Zhang Zhou ]