Chinese sabers styled after Japanese sabers were very popular in China from the 14th to late 18th centuries. 2 In Western collectors circles we call these "sabers with ridged cross-section" or "Japanese styled" saber. Nowadays, Chinese collectors tend to call these qijiadao or "Qi family sabers" after general Qi Jiguang. He famously ordered his workshops to reproduce these, after being impressed by the quality and effectiveness of the large two handed Japanese sabers he fought against. Qi Jiguang was certainly not the first, nor the last, to order Chinese sabers made inspired by the Japanese style:.There are Ming records from as early as 1380 that speak of the manufacture of tens of thousands so called wogundao (倭滾刀), whose name implies they are Japanese styled sabers.