Thursday, September 3, 2009
Just Ordered This Tai Chi Dao Saber
Oooooh, I can't wait!
I've wanted one of these for a while. Now that I have a clue of how it's supposed to be used, the wooden sword can go back in the closet!
Notice how the Saber is long and slender, more like a Japanese Katana but mostly used one-handed. (The power cuts are two-handed though). Note the Ring Pommel, useful for intricate manipulation of the saber.
Compare it to a typical Broadsword:
As you can see, the Broadsword is, well, "Broad". The Saber is much more streamlined and is more functional for thrusting as well as slashing.
Here's the stats:
The Long Quan Tai Chi Dao (tai chi broadsword) is unique among dao broadswords. Its taper is much gentler than the more martial variety and has no flare. Two fullers extend down the blade, one nearly the entire way and one only a fraction of the length. The first third of the blade (the shoulder) is thicker than the rest for strength in parrying. It is fitted with a blade forged in China legendary Long Quan (dragon well) forges, by the Shen family smiths from combat (high carbon content) steel.
Shen Family Swords: Many sword-making families now live in Long Chuan, but the most famous among them is the Shen family. The Shen family's swords have been known to have the best quality and skill for hundreds of years. In the 1911 Long Chuan Master Sword competition, a sword forged by the third generation of the Shen family stabbed through three solid brass blanks as well as split a sword from another maker in half, thus earning the title "King of Swords." The Shen family Long Chuan Master Sword were praised as national treasure in China by the people of the highest social class. In 1942, a Long Chuan Master Sword was made for the second president of the Republic of China by special request and in 1955, a special customized Long Chuan Master Sword was made for Chairman Mao Zhe Don.
Length (w/ scabbard): 43" Length(blade): 32.5"
Weight(with scabbard): 3.51 lb.
Weight(without scabbard): 2,25 lb.
I should get it next week, I'll let you know more then.
Here's the link to Wing Lam Enterprises, with lots of other Kung Fu equipment