China News Network Shijiazhuang June 27 (Huo Jin) fixed a sharpening stone on the grinding table. Yan Peng picked up a rusty ancient knife and polished it on the sharpening stone to start the ancient knife repair process. first step. Aside, his father, Yan Min, gave careful guidance.
Yan Peng is a "80s" in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, and has been engaged in the repair of ancient swords for 4 years. His father, Yan Min, was an expert in the repair and grinding of ancient swords. He was named a master of arts and crafts in Hebei Province, and was also known as "the ancient doctor of ancient soldiers" in the industry. So far, Yan Min and his father have repaired more than 500 ancient swords, including the King of War Hou Peijian, the Tang Dynasty straight sword, the Yuan Dynasty waist sword, and the Qing Dynasty Tangzhilong sword. Every year, many collectors, museums and cultural relic units across the country consult and repair.
Whetstone. Photo by Huo Jin
According to Yan Peng, according to the damage and rust degree of each ancient sword, the repair time is from one to two months, and up to half a year. An ancient sword has to be repaired in addition to grinding. If there is a sword without a sheath, the sheath must be remade according to its device structure, and then according to the characteristics of the age, it should be equipped with corresponding decoration and then painted. "With the advancement of science and technology, once we find more suitable repair materials and tools, we will continue to improve the repair of ancient swords."
Father Yan Min added: "Before grinding each ancient sword, you must first read a lot of historical data, study its history, and design a systematic grinding scheme. This process often takes more than a month, and the entire process is very complicated."
In 2014, Yan Peng left the media industry for 10 years and decided to go home to "take over" his father. Speaking of resignation, Yan Peng said that he was influenced by his father, loved swords since childhood, and was infected by his father's obsession with the repair of ancient swords. "Father gave up doing business for this purpose, not only devoted himself to the cost, but also considered his mother to be" not doing business properly. "
Yan Peng began to learn the ancient sword repair technology with his father, starting from the most important part of the ancient sword repair, that is, using a sharpening stone to rub the sword. From the whetstone with a low mesh number to the whetstone with a high mesh number, it takes several processes to remove the rust and make it sharp and rejuvenated.
Grinding table. Photo by Huo Jin
In addition to learning the most important grinding links, you must learn everything from history, archeology, chemistry, aesthetics, and metal crafts. Before repairing, do "metallographic detection" according to the corrosion state and condition of each sword. "Knowing the information of the sword will help protect and judge the age of the sword and the forging at that time, just like talking to the ancients." Lamented.
After studying ancient swords for a long time, Yan Peng is more and more aware of the precious historical value of ancient swords, and he is more and more able to understand his father's feelings for these ancient weapons. He said that since the Han Dynasty, most ancient swords were made of steel. With the spread for thousands of years, ancient swords will be oxidized, rusted, and even broken into iron slag and iron powder until they disappear. The production of each ancient sword or sword is a piece of history. Once it disappears, it means the demise of a piece of history, and this demise is likely to be irreversible.
Talking about the future, Yan Peng said with a smile that he was just an apprentice now, and it would take at least 20 years to become a qualified ancient sword repairer. He said that he should study in the essence of his father's years of skill. The father and son will race against time together to repair more ancient swords and do their utmost for the inheritance of the ancient Chinese soldier culture. (Finish)