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   SINGLE-EDGE SWORDS / SABERS (Dao)

Many Chinese Gung Fu (Kung Fu) systems use hardwood dao (saber or single edged swords) as part of their training regimen. Raven Studios hardwood training dao are designed to withstand the rigors of free-sparring and are also well suited for forms and solo technique practice. I feel it is important that each training sword mimic a real swords performance and feel as closely as possible, therefore these hardwood practice swords are constructed with the following qualities:
  • Patterned after real swords. I strive to maintain historical accuracy.
  • The blades are made from Hickory (unless otherwise noted).  Information about hardwood
  • The blades are made with a ricasso for added strength and the edges are rounded for durability.
  • The hilt is made from your choice of Jatoba, Hickory, or Purple Heart.
  • NEW Revised Guards - The guards are now all made from two laminated cross grained pieces of wood for maximum strength and durability. The guards are locked into the blades and can not slide or loosen.
  • The blades have a full tang and the handles are constructed with laminated hardwood slabs.
  • The handle is oval shaped for maximum comfort and control of the sword.
  • Finished with a linseed and tung oil blend which penetrates into the wood to create a tough and durable surface.
* Please Read before ordering * When ordering any training sword, please let me know if you'd prefer the tip of the blade to be rounded (for sparring safety) or pointed (non-sparring sword for practicing forms). Just make a note on the PayPal from in the "Instructions to Merchant" area, or send me an email. Thanks!

SWORDS

 Custom Swords

If you would like one of the standard swords (seen below) with your own special specifications; hilt design, blade thickness, point of balance etc., or you'd like a type of sword not found in this catalog, supply a written description (a photo or drawing is very helpful) and I'll let you know if it's something I can do for you.

Additional charges may apply for custom training items so please contact ravenstudios@little-raven.com for a quote.


Goose Quill Saber (Yan Mao Dao) - A single-edged straight blade, maintaining the same width throughout, curving up at the tip with a false edge.
Blade length - Your choice, 26" to 30"
Blade width - 1 1/2"
Blade thickness - 5/8"
Handle length - 5 1/2"
Avg. point of balance - 7" from guard
Avg. weight - 1.1 lb. to 1.4 lb.
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Product # 130
Hilt wood -
Blade length -
Price - $84.00
Photo: Blade - Hickory, Hilt - Purple Heart

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Willow Leaf Saber (Liu Ye Dao) - Single-edged blade that curves up gently its entire length, maintaining the same width until the tip where there is a slight taper and a false edge.
Blade length - Your choice, 26" to 30"
Blade width - 1 1/2"
Blade thickness - 5/8"
Handle length - 5 1/2"
Avg. point of balance - 7" from guard
Avg. weight - 1.1 lb. to 1.4 lb.
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Product # 135
Hilt wood -
Blade length -
Price - $84.00
Photo: Blade - Hickory, Hilt - Purple Heart

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Ox Tail Saber (Niu Wei Dao) - Often called a "Kung Fu Broadsword". The blade has a pronounced curve, widening towards the end then tapering to a point at the tip.
Blade length - Your choice 25" to 30"
Blade width - 1 5/8" at guard
Blade thickness - 1/2"
Handle length - 5"
Avg. point of balance - 7" from guard.
Avg. weight - 1.2 lb. to 1.5 lb.
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Product # 140
Hilt wood -
Blade length -
Price - $89.00
 Photo: Blade - hickory, Hilt - Purple Heart

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Double Ox Tail Saber - Shuang Dao - Made like the ox tail saber above but with half hilts so they fit together for double sword forms. (Not made for sparring)
Blade length - Your choice 25" to 30"
Blade width - 1 5/8" at guard
Blade thickness - 1/2"
Handle length - 5"
Avg. point of balance - 7" from guard.
Avg. weight - 1 lb. 4 oz. each
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Product # 132
Hilt wood -
Blade length -
Price - $178.00 per pair
 Photo: Blade - hickory, Hilt - Purple Heart

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Tai Chi Dao - Some Tai Chi schools use this style of saber, with S guard and ring pommel. The guard is made from two laminated cross grained pieces of hickory, and is 1" thick for maximum strength.
Blade length - Your choice 26" to 33"
Blade width - 1.5" at guard
Blade thickness - 5/8"
Handle length - 8" (w/out ring pommel)
Avg. POB - 5" to 7" from guard.
Avg. weight - 1.3 lb. to 1.5 lb.
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Product # 131
Hilt wood -
Blade length -
Price - $86.00
 Photo: All hickory

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Tai Chi Chang Dao - Tai Chi long saber. Exactly the same as the Tai Chi Dao above with a longer blade and handle.
Blade length - Your choice 34" to 40"
Blade width - 1.5" at guard
Blade thickness - 5/8"
Handle length - 10" (w/out ring pommel)
Avg. POB - 5" to 7" from guard.
Avg. weight - 1.5 lb. to 1.9 lb.
 - Photo: See the Tai Chi dao photo above -
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Product # 133
Hilt wood -
Blade length -
Price - $94.00

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Han Shuang Shou Dao- This saber is patterned after swords dated from the Han Dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE).
Photo coming soon
Blade length - Your choice 28" to 35"
Blade width - 1 5/8" at guard
Blade thickness - 5/8"
Handle length - 9.5" (w/out ring pommel)
Avg. POB - 5" to 7" from guard.
Avg. weight - 1.4 lb. to 1.6 lb.
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Product # 144
Hilt wood -
Blade length -
Price - $86.00

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Ba Gua Dao - The Ba Gua saber is a much larger and heavier version of the ox tail saber. (Not made for sparring)
Blade length - 39"
Overall length - 50 3/4"
Blade width - 2 1/8" at guard.
Blade thickness - 1/2"
Handle length - 12.5" w/pommel
Avg. POB - 6" to 7" from guard
Avg. weight - 3 lb.
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Product # 141
Hilt wood -
Price - $112.00
Photo: All Hickory

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Ba Gua Da Dao - The Ba Gua great saber is an even larger and heavier version of the Ba Gua dao above. (Not made for sparring)
Photo coming soon
Blade length - 46.5"
Overall length - 61-5/8"
Blade width - 2 3/8" at guard.
Blade thickness - 1/2"
Handle length - 14" w/pommel
Avg. POB - 6" to 7" from guard
Avg. weight - 4 lb. to 4.6 lb.
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Product # 141b
Hilt wood -
Price - $134.00
Photo:

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Two-Handed Da Dao - A close quarters weapon. Its steel counterpart was used by Chinese troops until the early 20th century.
Blade length - 22"
Blade width - 2 1/2"
Blade thickness - 1/2"
Handle length - 9 1/4"
Avg, point of balance - 4" from guard
Avg. weight - 1 lb. 13 oz.
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Product # 142
Hilt wood -
Price - $84.00
Photo: Blade - Hickory, Hilt - Jatoba

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Chang Dao (Long Saber) - Also called Miao dao, this two-handed sword has a long curved, single-edge blade and resembles the Japanese "Odachi" (great-sword).
Blade length - 38"
Blade width - 1 5/8""
Blade thickness - 3/4"
Handle length - 18"
Avg. POB - 7" from guard
Avg. weight - 2.3 lb. to 2.5 lb.
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Product # 143
Hilt wood -
Price - $104.00

Photo: Blade - Hickory, Hilt - purple heart

(Shorter blade or handle lengths are available upon request.)


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