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Short Chinese Liuyedao

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One of the two popular military swords of the Ming and much of the Qing Dynasties, the Liuyedao had a more gently curved blade and handle then its brother Yanmaodao. It was colloquially called the willow leaf saber. An excellent chop-and-slice sword, the Liuyedao has its origins from Chinese contact with the Turko-Mongol sabers their border foes wielded.

Qi Jiguang, a national hero of China, was a general who had a Liuyedao as his personal weapon. Qi Jiguang is famous for putting a stop to the predation of Japanese pirates on the Chinese coast. The turmoil of Japans Sengoku Jidai wars gave many pirates motivation to pillage and terrorize the Chinese coast. They were bold enough to even establish permanent bases on Chinese soil. Their nefarious activities thrived at a time when an Emperor interested in little more than finding immortality left matters of state to the famously corrupt prime minister Yan Song. He personally embezzled more than half of the entire military budget, leaving the coast defense works in ruination, garrisoned by ill-equipped, second-rate troops numbering less than 1/3 their listed numbers. Despite these handicaps, Qi Jiguang would fortify the coast, drill his troops and expel the pirates from their lairs. His sword, dated 1582, is now in a Chinese museum collection.

This Dao is made with a high carbon steel blade that has been folded during forging to produce many layers of steel, leaving a flowing water pattern along the length of the blade. This was traditionally done to remove impurities from the lesser quality steel. Modern steel is quite pure by comparison, but folding is still sometimes done for its aesthetic quality and historical significance. The guard and fittings are of cast metal richly adorned with the symbol of the Imperial Dragon – its five toes marking it as the official power symbol of the Chinese Emperor. The grip is of wood and the scabbard is likewise adorned in matching wood and cast metal accents. Knotted black cord forms a loop for hanging on a belt.

Overall Length26 3/4''
Blade Length20''
Weight1 lb 10.3 oz
Width37.5 mm
Thickness8.5 mm - 5.2 mm
PommelThreaded / Glued
Grip Length6''
ClassBattle Ready
Country of OriginChina

6 reviews for Short Chinese Liuyedao

  1. Ray B.

    short chinese liuyedao This a very nice less expensive liuyedao that you can cut with.I have cut various watter bottles,mats, and rolled news papers with no problems,I did sharpen mine up little.Very nice little sword for the price

  2. Joshua C.

    Excellent sword for the price. I am a practitioner of 19th century military swords so this is not my usual cup of tea. However my wife studies jian and dao and I bought her this sword a while ago. Immediately I was impressed with this swords heft and balance and would liken it to a well balanced cutlass. It came with a very nice edge and has proved to be a more than capable cutter and I have found myself using this sword more than I let my wife know. For the price you can not go wrong with this sword.

  3. Colton

    Amazingly beautiful, a little less-than functional. I just got this beautiful sword today and I must say, it has breath-taking beauty. The designs are wonderful on the scabbard and the hilt. The folded steel creates a beautiful and subtle pattern. I absolutely love that. It is amazingly gorgeous. Now on to the disappointment. This sword, when I got it and started swinging it around a bit, the hilt shook slightly. Later inspection and swinging, it got looser, and the blade and cross-guard turn a bit. The hilt is very loose, I can twist it and shake it. I am a little afraid of using it for this reason. A “battle-ready” sword, should have a sturdy construction where the hilt doesn’t move nor shake. I may have just gotten unlucky with this one, but it is a deal-breaker. I am going to strive to be able to fix the hilt so it no longer moves or shakes. Would I suggest this sword? yes I would. For its price, it is good, but hopefully others will get luckier than I have. Overall, I love this sword, I will find a way to fix it, I am not returning it or exchanging it. Thank you for making this sword Kult of Athena, but be a little more aware of how you make “battle-ready” swords. Final thoughts, I love it, just that one little hitch.

  4. Charles P.

    Untested, but here’s what my hands and eyes tell me… I got this blade to experiment with Chinese style weapons before forking over massive amounts of dough for the real thing. Will confirm “Colton” and “KOA,” the sword arrives with play. Easily remedied with a hair dryer to melt the glue at the butt-cap, and take it apart. I could’ve probably removed the guard and placed it better, but the problem was the alignment with the blade and the handle itself. Loosening, and re-aligning was a piece of cake. Glue wasn’t necessary…since my double jointed frog hands need a substantial grip, i wrapped my handle right over the cap. Anyways, it’s advertised as a KOA exclusive. I had just seen the “Skallagrim” video of him bending the Devil’sEdge Xiphos over his chest, and ran for my newly purchased KOA Short LiuYeDao. (with the knowledge that “Devil’s Edge” was also a KOA exclusive) Heh-Heh, it did not bend. I didn’t do a knee test, but i instantly felt the boing (pommel smack) when i got the nut tightened and the blade properly aligned with the handle. It seems pretty unofficial…yeah. It’s pretty inexpensive…yeah. It flexes, it’s tough, it’s pretty sharp, and yeah, it’s heavy. Reasonably close in heft when compared to Hanwei’s Kungfu or Oxtail Dao stats, so yeah…based on length and thickness it’s a little wrong…but once it gets going…it doesn’t want to stop. Gravity + momentum + your own energy/skill make this baby wanna go-go-go. I will sometimes use my non-dominant hand as a sort of ghost hand to support, which aids in creating elegant, elaborate, and powerful swings. Way cooler than a (No-Brainer) Wakizashi. My grip mod really helped. Digging on Chinese weapon styles, though i’ll admit, being new to this style, the downward sloping handle/pommel, and upward trailing point, definitely took some getting used to. Novices (like me) who are just getting into these types of blades, need to take this into consideration.

  5. AJGBlack

    Looks are not everything I purchased this blade because I wanted a shorter, curved sword that I could rehilt to my purpose.

    The Bad:
    What people need to realize is that the specs are DEAD ON. This sword has NO weight in the hilt compared to most. The blade has no distal taper (according to my calipers). I’ve had blade heavy swords before, but this one just feels dead in the hand. Unlike other blades that have a more forward presence this one handles more like a hammer. Your swing is more to guide the heft of it than to power through. I blade with this kind of weight distrobution really needs to be another 10″ long to be practical (In my opinion).

    The Good:
    It’s fit and finish are lovely. The pattern weld of the blade is a clear woodgrain, the wood of the grip and scabbard match and are smoothly finished, the bronze fittings are nicely finished we well for the most part. Some of the seams are obvious like on the pommel.

    If I were only looking for a display piece I would keep it, but I’m looking for a cutter.
    There is nothing technically wrong with this sword, it’s just not to my taste. I like a more lively blade and this just doesn’t fit the bill.

  6. Randy Cates

    Well worth the price I’m not a martial arts swordsman but I do collect quality knives. Overall I’m pleased with my purchase. This is a well constructed blade and the material is as quality as is the craftsmanship (again for this price range). I read a review from another customer who spoke about the lack of balance on the handle end and after handling it I can see their point. A counter weight in the handle would make for an easier way to control the blade end. I’ll pay more attention to this in future purchases but this didn’t make me want to return it nor will it keep me from making another purchase. I have my eye on another similar sword which is out of stock at present. I would still recommend this to others.

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