This Chinese Dan Dao has a sharp blade of 5160/D2 high carbon steel; the steel has been tempered to hardness of 58-60 HRC. The blade widens at the tip – a design that allows it to deliver vicious slashes.
The disc guard and pommel are of darkened steel and the grip is of highly polished wood. The scabbard is carved from wood and has fittings and hanging rings of iron.
Most Chinese swords can be very roughly categorized into two main forms; the Jian and the Dao. The straight, double-edged Jian has long been associated with nobles, generals and scholars, for it was regarded as a difficult weapon to master that required much dedicated study. The single-edged Dao however has been created in a dizzying array of forms through the centuries to suit the needs of the wielder, whether he be a soldier, peasant or martial artist. Though the Jian was regarded as the weapon of a noble, it cannot be denied that a Dao, whilst easy to utilize initially, would have taken a considerable amount of time to master as well.
Whatever its use, the brutal slashes and chops of the Dao were nothing to scoff at.
Please Note: Due to being crafted in a tropical environment with native woods, these weapons may develop thin, minor cracks in the wood and the scabbard as the woods adjust to our more temperate environment. Cracks in items sent to you will not be harmful to the structural integrity of the item. It is recommended that a light coating of protective oil is used to protect the wood from dryness and cracking.