Forge Direct Han Dynasty Ring Pommel Dao

Forge Direct Han Dynasty Ring Pommel Dao

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The Han Dynasty Dao is a unique style of sword from the early to middle Han period (approx 206BC to 1AD) and was a sword well ahead of its time. From the folded blade to help even out any impurities in the metal to the differentially hardened edge and thicker, but softer, shock absorbent spine - these terrifying blades were had a slight inward curve and were optimized for a shearing cut from horseback - phasing out the double edged two handed blades of the Warring States period.

One common and distinctive feature of these early Chinese fighting swords was the titular ring pommel design, which helped to balance the blade towards the tip to generate additional force on a downward swing, but was also used as a kind of early lanyard by tying a rope from the ring pommel to the users hand to ensure they did not lose the blade in the heat of combat.

With a 27.6" long and fullered blade, it is surprisingly lightweight weighing in at just under 2lbs and a true joy to cut with. Try cutting with it once and you will quickly understand how this grandaddy of the Chinese Dao dominated the battlefield for hundreds of years and was the foundation for later period Dao and the Japanese Katana.

Fittings are made from high quality brass and the handle and scabbard made from Premium Black Ebony with buffalo horn inserts in the scabbard mouth for maximum longevity and scabbard strength/stability.

Do not be fooled by cheap and nasty imitations, this blade is the real deal. Almost never seen out of China due to the uncertain market demand and high expense of production. However, with Forge Direct, you have a rare opportunity to order one of your own with FREE worldwide shipping right here at the SBG Sword Store!


One of the biggest and most famous forged in China dedicated almost exclusively to producing historical, functional replicas of genuine Chinese Swords - the Baojian (precious sword) Forge joined Forge Direct in late November 2019 with many of the more expensive blades being personally forged by the current owner, level 2 ranked Master Smith Zhangshu Ji.

Established in 1956 with over 50 smiths (including several rank 1 Master Smiths) and 200 workers, this forge was selected in 1972 to produce 4 swords that were gifted to President Nixon during his historic visit to China and is renowned throughout the country as one of the best quality suppliers of premium quality traditional Chinese swords and ancient weaponry.

How to Use

Designed for frequent cutting practice and/or display. Heirloom quality.
Overall length: 41.7" (106cm), Blade length: 27.6" (70cm), Blade width: 1.18" (3cm), Handle length: 8.7" (22cm), Weight: 1.98lbs (0.9kg)

Materials and Construction

Mastersmith Folded, Differentially Hardened and Sharpened Damascus 1095 Carbon Steel blade. Fullered blade. Brass fittings with Premium Black Ebony wooden handle. Matching Premium Black Ebony Scabbard with Brass accents and buffalo horn scabbard mouth.
FREE SHIPPING direct from the forge in Longquan, China via SF Express or UPS, typically within 4-6 weeks (though please allow for unexpected delays)..

Warranty Info

Each sword is guaranteed to be as described and 100% genuine product. Each sword is also covered by in full by the Manufacturers Warranty PLUS our extended LIFETIME Warranty against blade breakage. Click here for detailed warranty information

Return Policy

Satisfaction Guaranteed. We proudly stand behind every product we sell. If you are not pleased with your purchase you can return it to us within 30 days of purchase in original, unused condition for a full refund minus shipping and 10% restock fee. Click here for more info on our guarantees