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An exceptionally crafted sword made from spring steel, which is among the toughest of all high carbon steelsThe sharp 20” spring steel blade is full-tang and features a beveled edge and a butterfly-style handguardThe handle is crafted of hardwood, secured to the tang with hefty brass studs, and has an open-ring pommelThe 31 3/4” overall dadao sword can be carried and stored in its premium leather belt sheath, which has white topstitching
Our Forged Warrior Dadao Sword is an exceptionally crafted sword made from spring steel, which is among the toughest of all high carbon steels. The sharp 20” spring steel blade is full-tang and features a beveled edge and a butterfly-style handguard. The handle is crafted of hardwood, secured to the tang with hefty brass studs, and has an open-ring pommel. The 31 3/4” overall dadao sword can be carried and stored in its premium leather belt sheath, which has white topstitching.
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The sword seems well made and substantially built, blade is sharp. A good addition to the collection.
I bought 2 of these, so yes, this is a favorable review.
Construction looks good. My examples look to be cut from 5mm sheet, then ground to finished dimensions. There are tooling marks inside the ring on the hilt, the decorative cut-outs on the guard, and both edges of the tang, and they suggest plasma-cutting. The wood scales are riveted to the tang. I view this as very solid design and construction result.
The scabbard is good quality, but the back edge of the blade is exposed, and the three snap closures prevent quick draws. The draw is about 2", then the blade comes out the back. Moving the middle snap to the back of the guard seems needed, otherwise the blade can draw out to the point where the guard is stressing the closure on the grip. Adding a second male (lower) snap to the grip strap would tighten up the grip closure. The scabbard could use a chape.
The gap between the back of the guard and the end of scales is large enough to prevent a comfortable grip immediately behind the guard. I think that a guard made of 2 discs with 5mm slots that slip over the tang and bolt together, and with forward tabs to bolt to the decorative cut-outs on the guard, would be a useful addition. If I make one, I get my size, decorated as I choose, and with padding to fill the remaining gap to the scales. I vote "yes".
The edge is ground and reasonably sharp, but edge sharpness is perhaps a bonus as these swords are heavy and seem well-suited to being impact weapons, particularly with the point on the back edge. I measure both at just over 52 oz each; about 3.29 lb or 1.5 kg each; without scabbard. There is a lot of steel in these swords.
The blade length, grip length and overall length may be in the middle of historical daos, and they are very close to the dimensions of the SE Asian "dha". However, I think the tang is too long, the blade is too wide, the blade shape is not "dha"-ish enough, and I think they are almost twice the weight.
If you are considering these as stand-ins for a dha, specifically for practicing krabi or related martial arts, be aware that they are probably much too heavy ... or you need very much larger arms ... or, if you manage to work up to these swords, you will have very much larger arms, and probably lots of control, which might be the point.
I decided to take this outside and put it to use... This is a heavier piece and performed well. The grip can cause a bit of fatigue but overall I'm impressed with how well this sword performed.