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Iron Tiger Forge Ornamented Dadao - BC0508

Iron Tiger Forge Ornamented Dadao

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Overall Length: 32'' Blade: 18 1/4''
Retail Price:$364.00

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Blade: 1045 & 1065 Folded High Carbon Steel
Weight: 3 lb 1.5 oz
Edge:  Very Sharp
P.O.B.: -2''
Thickness: 5 mm - 4.4 mm
Width: 29.5 mm
Grip Length: 13''
Pommel: Nut

Originally an agricultural tool, the long-hilted Dadao with its powerful chopping blade was a favorite weapon of peasant militias. It found widespread acceptance by the military, and by the 20th century was the common sidearm and symbol of the Chinese army and police. Even a nationalist marching song, the ‘’Dadao March’’ was composed to commemorate anti-Japanese resistance in Second Sino-Japanese War. Unlike most historical examples, this Dadao is heavily ornamented, prominently featuring the dragon.

This Dadao was made in Longquan, a region central to sword production in the Song Dynasty. The blade is folded high-carbon steel of 1045 and 1065 containing 3,800 layers. Folded steel was a common blademaking technique in China as it minimized impurities and melded hard and flexible steels together for a compromise containing both qualities. The hilt, guard and fittings are of zinc alloy and the scabbard is wood-core covered with soft black leather. The sword comes in a wooden, ornamented gift box with a boxed cleaning kit and a sword stand.

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