The LK Chen Tang Heng Dao is an excellent reproduction of the Tang Heng Military Dao. Suitable for footman and horseman alike, these Heng Dao were intended to be a compact and capable sidearm for Tang soldiery and guardsmen. The sword scabbard has the twin-ring suspension system that allows its hanging angle to be tailored to nearly horizontal for cavalrymen – a development that the Chinese likely adopted from the cavalrymen of the Sassanian Empire.
The sharpened blade is forged from 65 Mn High Carbon steel and it has a thick spine on the blade to impart impressive durability and rigidity, allowing the sword to cut and thrust with great ability. The wedge-shaped cross section gives the edge a long and sloping cutting plane with which to able sever a target. A thinned false edge on the tip allows for a greater variance of attack angles and minimized drag and resistance in a strike.
The guard and pommel are fashioned from blackened iron and the grip is polished Rosewood. Though intended for single-handed use many wielders will find enough room to add a second hand if desired. The paired scabbard is well-carved from matching Rosewood and iron fittings.