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Kris Cutlery Battle Ready
Kris Cutlery Dadao with Folded Steel Blade - KRS201F

Kris Cutlery Dadao with Folded Steel Blade

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Overall Length: 27 5/8'' Blade: 15''

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Blade: 1060 and 9250 Folded High Carbon Steel
Weight: 1 lb 13.4 oz
Edge:  Sharp
P.O.B.: 3 1/16''
Thickness: 8.5 mm - 5.4 mm
Width: 37.9 mm - 43 mm
Grip Length: 10''

This version of the Kris Cutlery Dadao has a sharpened blade of folded steel composed; the blade was created by combining 1060 and 9250 high carbon steels into a single billet before hammering it into form. A glance at the blade surface shows the rippled effect created by this process and the boundaries between the two layered steels is plain to see. The blade is diamond in its cross section - it is thickest along its center ridge. It tapers to the spine, yet retains plenty of spine width for strength and its tapers to a long and uninterrupted slope from the ridge to edge, which is ideal to create an edge that can pass through a target with minimum drag from the blade.

The guard plate is of iron and the pommel ring is steel with an overwrap of brown leather. A cord of brown poly-blend material was wrapped over the wooden grip.

The literal translation of Dadao into English is ‘’large knife’’. Large indeed.

The origins of the Dadao are difficult to discern, but sources exist which detail orders from the Qing Dynasty to issue a set number of Dadao swords to its military units. The mass-adoption of the Dadao as a military weapon occurred in the 1920s and 1930s - it was an easily produced blade and it hearkened back to a glorious Imperial past. That symbolism gave it a place alongside the rifle with which Chinese troops would resist the invading Japanese in the Second Sino-Japanese War.

This symbolism is plainly evident in a popular Chinese nationalist song of the conflict - ‘’The Sword March’’. The song opens with these lyrics: ‘’Our Dadaos raised o’er the devils’ heads! Hack them off!

Apparently that is exactly what happened, for the Dadao developed a reputation as a gruesomely efficient beheading weapon.
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