65MN Spring Steel Ming Dynasty Willow Leaf Dao65MN Spring Steel Ming Dynasty Willow Leaf Dao1
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Amazing Value - Fully Functional Hand Forged 65MN Spring Steel Blade. Extremely fast and versatile Willow Leaf Chinese Broadsword.
Influenced by the Mongol invasions and after the collapse of the Yuan Dynasty, by the early Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644) the Chinese Dao had changed from a single edged to a curved single edged blade and was so successful on the battlefield that it continued in military use well into the Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1911). The willow leaf style, unlike its cousin the Goosequill Saber (which cuves only towards the very end of the blade) was the most common type of Dao (saber) on the Ming Dynasty battlefield onwards and is also the most common type of Dao used in surviving Chinese Martial arts.
Unlike most Wushu Dao on the market however, this is no flimsy, whippy blade for show but is based on the swords used in actual historical combat. And with the extremely strong, well made 65MN Spring Steel blade with partial fuller (blood groove) is an exceptional cutter for a one handed sword.
Weighing just 1.8lbs with a point of balance far out enough to give it some power behind each stroke, it is an extremely well balanced and enjoyable cutter and exceptional value for money.
When on display, it is highly intimidating, but this is no mere ornament and is the kind of sword many other companies may try to pass off as a much higher priced item and charge accordingly, but here you can get it for an honest and awesome price that almost anyone can afford.
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Featured positive reviews:
Was looking for a sword I could use to learn backyard cutting without having to worry about destroying an expensive blade. This has more than fit the bill. It's light enough for me to use one-handed, handles well, looks as nice in person as it does in the pictures, and has been easy to sharpen and maintain.
It's cut without any problems on every type of plastic bottle we could find, pool noodles, and the dowel rods and PVC pipe used for the noodle stand. A few small nicks in the blade but nothing worrying.
My only negatives are the finish has a slightly plastic feel to it that sometimes gets a little slippery when wet - so we dry it after every bottle cutting - and the grip feels a little bulky. It's not a problem when used two-handed, but for single-hand use it is sometimes hard to get my grip exactly where I want it.
I don't know enough about Chinese swords to comment on the authenticity, but looking at it in general as a single-edged, hand-and-a-half blade, I can strongly endorse it for anyone looking for a value-priced sword.