Thursday, 25 August 2016

UPDATES: Tang Dynasty Sword (Tang Dao)

Tang Dynasty Sword
Chinese Tang Dynasty sword (or Tang Dao), the ancestor of Japanese swords, was one of the greatest inventions in Tang dynasty.

 There are 4 types of Tang Dao:

   YI Dao (Ceremony Sword)

 -   Design: most sophisticated high level craftsmanship involved. Longer handle for 2 handed use with detailed ring pommel. come with detail engraved noble metal fitting . straight Damascus/inserted blade with "angular tip". 

  -  Purpose: specific weapons that only equipped to royal guards and high position military officers.
  -  Ancestor of Japanese,Korean and Tibet swords.

Mo Dao

- Design: long handle 2 handed sword around 140CM.

- Purpose: battlefield weapon. Also known as cutting horse sword

 Zhang Dao & Heng Dao
    - Design: short handle with no pommel. Has wrist band attached to handle ensure soldiers won’t lose their swords during battles.
    - Purpose: Carried by normal soldier

The sword you are viewing is named “Tang Dynasty Lotus ring pommel two handed dao”
We designed and produced this particular traditional Tang dynasty sword for 2010 movie Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Blade is hand fold-forged Damascus with inserted high carbon steel blade. clay tempered and water quenched by traditional method.

One side of blade has ancient Chinese engraving: “Riding horse on the moon light from the East” and special Enlightenment sword stamp as the quality approval.

The other side of blade has brass inlay the royal lotus design pattern

12 times Hand polished and sharpened, this blade is surgical sharp and should only be handle with respect

Thick tang go all way through the handle and secured by 2 metal pins for maximum strength.

All fittings are detailed molded copper with engraving of lotus pattern theme.

Genuine ray-skin handle with black string wrapping.Scabbard is made from high quality black sandalwood.

Overall, it is a very prestige looking sword with unique value. Only few were made and only 2 pieces in NZ, each one comes with its own collection certificate.  


Blade length:74.5CM

Overall length:103CM

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Updates: Chinese Ox Tail Dan Dao

Among the four basic weapons in Chinese martial arts, dao is considered to be like the tiger; fierce and powerful. In the old days of China, the dao was carried by many different people; soldiers, civilians, bodyguards, militia and bandits, etc. This type of dao was most prevalent in the Song dynasty (960-1279), favoured for its fast cutting power and is the classic shape for sabers in Chinese martial arts today.

The blade has been hand forged from 1075 high carbon steel which is superior than 1060 high carbon steel in both flexibility and hardness, differentially heat treated, quenched and tempered for optimal edge hardness and overall resilience. Hand sharpened to 3 section sharpness

This specially made blade has a unique spine design, where the blade tapers from a thicker T-shaped spine, creating a solid structure without compromising the strength of the sword and improving speed and cutting power. An Enlightenment mark has been engraved onto the blade during the forging process, our mark of quality approval

The scabbard and handle are made from paudak wood with a full length tang which is inserted into the handle while still hot, branding itself into the wood. A hole has been punched through and a bamboo pin secures the handle and tang together for maximum support.

The Ox Tail dao would make a great addition to a collection, ideal as a gift or ornament. It is perfect for martial arts training and practice, handling comfortably for both single hand or double hand use for delivering extra power.

blade length: 76CM
Overall length: 97CM

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Hand Re-polish Syoubudukuri katana

Just re-polished one of my own katana
Blade was hand forged from 1095 high carbon steel, clay tempered/water quenched.

This is the sword I made for myself. Syoubudukuri design, 72 cm blade with overall length 104CM. very fast sword with incredible tough/sharp edge yet remain good flexibility.

Black silk wrapping handle/ray skin. Chinese Lion fitting (唐獅子/牡丹)

Thursday, 11 August 2011

WWII Japanese Samurai Sword SHIN GUNTO

Short video of slicing test. the blade is in mint condition

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Enlightenment sword cutting test

Hand forged high carbon steel fully sharpened blade, cutting test against bamboo.

The sword is special ordered by Michael from USA