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)