Therefore in this categorization of early Chinese sword-legends, that of Gan Jiang and Mo Ye is placed among those concerning the value of southern blades.
The supernatural overtones of this tale are extremely similar to those found in the story of Gan Jiang and Mo Ye, and indeed to other accounts of the most precious of southern swords.
Lord Huan [of Qi]'s Cong ("Allium Green"), the Great Lord [of Qi]'s Que ("Bastion"), King Wen's Lu ("Green"), Lord Zhuang [of Chu]'s Hu ("Dazzling"), and Helu's Gan Jiang, Mo Ye, Juque ("Great Destroyer"), (46) and Pilu (often identified as Zhanlu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], meaning Black), (47) these are all excellent swords from antiquity.
The "Record of Precious Swords" chapter includes another tale, in which an anonymous king of Chu uses a sword, in this case made by the famous team of Gan Jiang and Master Ou Ye, as a sign of authority:
One morning I watched Shuyun and two other fishermen manoeuvre their boats along a small rivulet off the Gan Jiang
River, just south of Wucheng.