TherionArms

Chinese war sword (dadao)

Long the traditional weapon of China's peasant armies, the dadao (literally, "big sword"), was used with deadly effect as late as the 1930's and the Sino-Japanese War. The dadao's single- or two-handed versatility combined with the tremendous slashing power of its weight-forward blade made it the ideal close-quarters weapon. Although most originals had no scabbard, a simple carrying case is provided with this reproduction for protection and ease of transportation of the sharp blade.

length: 37 1/2"
blade: 22 1/4"
blade width: 3 3/4" (maximum)
grip and pommel: 14 1/4"
weight: 2 lb 5 oz

Price: $160

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Here are pictures of a TherionArms customized dadao that was presented to Yuen Woo Ping as a Lifetime Achievement Award at Fantastic Fest 2010, in Austin, Texas on 09/25/10:

The awards ceremony was held during the world premiere of True Legend at the Paramount Theatre,
and the sword was presented to Master Yuen by RZA, leader of the Wu-Tang clan.

Fantastic Fest: Yuen Woo-Ping receives lifetime achievement award

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