The Silver Swallow Miao Dao is an powerful, long-bladed sword that not only delivers excellent cutting power, but is also impressively agile, swift, and well balanced for its size. The slender and gently curving blade strikes is well suited for sweeping cuts and capable puncturing thrusts. The blade has a thickened, pipe-back spine which quickly narrows to a long and thin blade profile with a subtle hollow grind; a form that gives it a strong, durable spine and a thinned cutting plane for slicing into and through the target with ease. LK Chen’s Miao Dao takes its elegant form both from the double-handed long military sabers of the Ming Dynasty and melds it with elements of the Qing army long saber and the Miao Dao of 20th century Chinese martial arts. This makes it a fine sword for recreating the drills of Ming Dynasty long saber fighting manuals or the martial arts routines of the 20th century Miao Dao.
The tempered and sharpened blade is crafted from 65 Mn high carbon steel with a final hardness of 54-55 HRc. The hilt is both simple and elegant with a guard and pommel cap of steel and a grip of smoothly polished Jichimu wood. The sword is paired with a matching wooden scabbard with steel fittings and two hanging rings.