A sweeping slender curve blade with clean elegant scabbard and fitting design, "Silver Swallow" is a tribute to a long tradition of double hand long sabers starting from Ming Dynasty Da Dao, through various military long sabers of Qing Green standard Army to the 20th century martial arts Miao Dao.
The dimension of the Sliver Swallow is closer to the early Ming Dynasty Da Dao and the Qing Dynasty Green Standard armies long sabers. The thick spine cross section and smooth long handle follows the tradition of 20th century Miao Dao.
Silver Swallow will suit military style drills as documented in Ming Dynasty long saber manuals and at the same time equally fit for 20th century Miao Dao routines. The blade of Silver Swallow has the weight and presence for cutting practice.
Sword only weight: approx. 1554 g (3 lb. 6.8 oz)
Blade length: 101 cm (39.76")
Handle length: 47 cm (18.5")
Total length: 148 cm (58.3")
Width at hand guard: 35 mm,
Width at tip: 25 mm
9.0 mm at the guard
6.25 mm at 55 cm (21") from guard (middle)
3..0 mm at 3.5 cm (1") from the tip
POB: 9 cm (3.54") from hand guard
Profile: pipe back round ridge with shallow hollow ground blade
GB 60Si2MnA High Carbon Manganese Spring Steel
(Compare to AISI/SAE 5160 spring steel)
Element % 60Si2MnA AISI/SAE 5160
Carbon 0.56-0.64 0.56-0.61
Silicon 1.60-2.00 0.15-0.35
Manganese 0.60-0.90 0.75-1.00
Phosphorus <=0.030 <=0.035
Sulfur <=0.030 <=0.040
Chromium <=0.35 0.70-0.90
Nickel <=0.35 <=0.25
Superior heat treatment:
Hardness 53-55 HRC.
Blade rebounds to true after bending,
Hand polish to smooth soft shine and sword sharp edge.
Most sharp at the front part of the blade
Less sharp by the hand guard for more effective blocking
Industrial grade precision cast stainless steel fittings.
Furniture grade Jichimu (Ormosia genus)
Fit and finish
We perfected the fit and finish of our swords and the final assembly is meticulously performed by our senior craft masters. It takes a skill craftsman one whole working day to assemble our sword to a precision fit.
With Master Daniel Pesina
Sifu Thomas Fuhr of Chan family Choy Lee Fut Performing form and cutting with Silver Swallow Miao Dao
MASTER DANTE BASILI
Jon and Vic from the Unsheathed Sword Reviews offers a consumer's perspective of the LK Chen Silver Swallow Miao Dao
BY MR. PHILIP MARTIN OF THE PHOENIX SOCIETY OF HISTORICAL SWORDSMANSHIP