Tang Dynasty was considered by many as the high point of Chinese swords making with some of the most advanced forging and heat treatment techniques of the time. Tang Dao's influence was far and wide beyond China to neighboring countries like Korea and Japan.
In the 7th century, during the height of Tang Dynasty, Japanese delegations brought many Tang Dao back to Japan as treasures for the royal court. And it is through the careful preservations of these 7th century Tang Dao in Japan that we got know what these famous Tang Dao looks like. Furthermore, recent Chinese excavations unearth Tang Dao specimens enriching our appreciation of the diversity of blade geometry and sword forms in Tang Dynasty.
Frontier Tang Dao is a no-nonsense tactical sword designed for combat with superb cutting ability.
The idea is to present a sword representative of the era, by combining features find in similar time period Tang Dao. With the blade profile taken from a Tang Dao in a Chinese private collection and with scabbard and fitting inspired by surviving specimens house in SHŌSŌ-IN treasure house in Nara, Japan.
Versatile in it's design, the Frontier Tang Dao is balanced enough to wield single handed on horseback while the handle is long enough to hold with double hands to deliver powerful cuts.
Sword only weight: approx. 932 g (2 lb.)
Sword and Scabbard: approx. 1337 g (2lb. 15 oz)
Blade Length: 74.6 cm (29.4")
Handle Length: 26.0 cm (10.2")
Total Length: 100.6 cm (39.5")
Width at hand guard: 29.79 mm,
Width at tip: 21.26 mm
Thickness at hand guard: 7 mm
Thickness at the tip: 4.29 mm
Point of balance: 14 cm (5.5")
Blade cross section profile: ridged back with acute triangular cross profile
Blade length wide profile: straight blade with chiseled tip
Folded pattern steel: 1065 carbon steel + T8 tungsten-cobalt-vanadium high-speed tool steel.
Superior heat treatment: Clay tempered differential heat treatment. Hardness 58 HRC. Cut bamboo with ease.
Hand polish to smooth soft shine and sharp cutting edge.
Solid hand wrapped rose copper fittings.
High quality rosewood scabbard.
Fit and finish
We perfected the fit and finish of our swords and the assembly is meticulously performed by our senior craft masters. It takes one whole working day for a craftsman to assemble our swords.
LK Chen recreates blade geometry based on antique specimens and each period sword has their unique blade profile reflecting the technology and combat requirements of their historic time period.
Instructor Kai Wen Li and students test Frontier Tang Dao - Adelaide Sword Academy
A single carriage goes to the frontier;
As envoy I cross northwest mountains high.
Like tumbleweed I leave out fortress drear;
As wild geese I come under Tartar sky.
In boundless desert lonely smoke rises straight;
Over endless river the sun sinks round.
I meet a cavalier at the camp gate;
In Northern Fort the general will be found.
Bai Juyi 772-846 AD
Fair Southern shore, with scenes I adore.
At sunrise riverside flowers redder than fire.
In spring green waves grow as blue as sapphire,
which I can't but admire.
白居易 772-846 AD
PIPA, a beautiful musical instrument
came to China via the Silk Road
during the Tang Dynasty
PIPA SOLO - Ms. Lau Yan
DANCER - Ms. Christie Callia Sardjono
TANG DYNASTY - A GOLDEN AGE THAT WAS OPEN, PROGRESSIVE AND VIBRANT
XUAN ZANG - PILGRIMAGE TO INDIA THROUGH THE NORTHWEST FRONTIER