The name of the sword has been translated variously. Some examples are:
- Seven Star Blade
- Seven Star Dagger
- Seven Star Sword
- Sword with Seven (Rare) Gems
- Sword with Seven (Rare) Jewels
The hanzi means:
七 = seven
星 = star, planet or any point of light
寶 = treasure, jewel or prescious, rare
刀 = a type of Chinese sabre in the shape of a large knife
Seven Stars, or qixing 七星, is not an uncommon term to be used in a name for a sword. The Spring and Autumn Annals of Wu-Yue (Wu-Yue chunqiu 吳越春秋) tells us that a certain Wu Yun 伍員 of the Wu state 吳國 during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 BC) possessed an expensive sword which "contained the seven stars".
- ↑ "「此吾前君之劍，中有七星，價直百金，以此相答。」"
Spring and Autumn Annals of Wu-Yue, chapter 2.