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Chinese Dan Dao

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(4 customer reviews)


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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.

Overall Length36 5/8''
Blade Length28 9/16''
Weight2 lb 6 oz
Width33.9 mm - 46.4 mm
Thickness5.7 mm - 2.4 mm
P.O.B.5 3/4''
Grip Length4 3/4''
Blade [5160/D2 High Carbon Steel]
ClassBattle Ready
ManufacturerTraditional Filipino Weapons
Country of OriginPhilippines

4 reviews for Chinese Dan Dao

  1. Archimedes

    For $250 this sword can’t be beat. I’m frankly amazed that a sword of this quality is being sold for such an affordable price. It’s a cutting-oriented weapon with a point of balance moderately far from the hand that comes sharp and ready for test-cutting. In the hand this sword definitely feels like a true cutter without being clunky. Thrusting isn’t out of the question though, as the false edge does curve slightly forward near the tip, putting the point more in line with the grip, which aids with effective thrusting. So while there are some problems with the scabbard, the sword itself is a beautiful, well-made, and almost defies criticism.


    -cheaply priced
    -comes with a scabbard
    -flawless, attractive metal and wood finish (on arrival)
    -solid construction
    -comes sharp
    -distal taper


    -the scabbard scrapes against the guard and can rub off the black finish
    -the metal fittings on the scabbard quickly became slightly loose
    -the smooth grip can make for an somewhat insecure hold on the weapon (nothing overly problematic though)

    other notes:

    I’m no expert when it comes to Chinese swords, so this could be poor technique on my part, but what I immediately noticed upon using this sword was that holding it with my hand pushed all the way up against the guard resulted in a bruise quickly forming on the side of my knuckle. I found that making sure there was a gap between my hand and the guard made for a much more comfortable grip.

  2. Roax

    best Dao for the price the best dao i have ever purchased for the price. couldn’t be happier with its weight and balance! much thicker spine than i thought it would have and that makes me super happy about this purchase as other daos i have purchased usually have almost wushu flimsiness even though they are supposed to be “battle ready”

  3. James Whitworth

    Not My Cup of Tea I purchased this sword from KOT and promptly sent it back. The sword itself was well constructed, had good distally tapper, and a sharp edge. However, the sword was not tempered to my liking. Personally I prefer European style swords. As a result I prefer swords that flex a god deal without taking a set. However, this sword being tempered more like historical versions it has more of a tendency to bend rather that flex. I also disliked the wooden handle because it doesn’t provide the best grip. An since the blade is rather heavy compared to other Dao I’ve handled it is a bit hard to handle.

    Now don’t get me wrong it’s still a good sword. But I prefer the Hanwei Oxtail Dao.

  4. Gandermail

    Great Sword My sword arrived dull, I contacted TFW and the owner apologized and offered to replace it. I elected to sharpen it myself for the experience. Wonderful company and very well made sword, solid, well balanced, and everything I had hoped for.

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