Zhan Ma Dao (Horse Cutting Sword) is a powerful double hand cutting weapon designed for elite infantry units against enemies cavalry. Zhan Ma Dao had a long history since the Han Dynasty and seen major action during the Song Dynasty when the Song military compose of mainly infantry unites due to lack of horses, need an advanced weapon against enemies cavalry.
Zhan Ma Dao was sponsor by the Emperor Zhenzong trying to renovate his military and was forged in the hundreds of thousands by special imperial workshop set up just for forging Zhan Ma Dao.
During the Southern Song Dynasty, the famous Marshal Yue Fei trained his force to use Zhan Ma Dao and devastated the Jurchen heavy cavalry.
LK Chen Zhan Ma Dao is designed based on Song Dynasty relics and wrap the handle with hemp cords as described in recording historical text about Marshal Yue Fei special Zhan Ma Dao unit.
Sword only weight: approx. 2490 g (5 lb. 7.8 oz)
Blade Length: 84 cm (33")
Handle Length: 50 cm (19.69")
Ring : 5.1 cm x 6.4 cm (2.0" x 2.51")
Total Length: 139.1 cm (54.76")
Gradual subtle widening
Width at hand guard: 4.93 cm (1.94")
Width at mid-point: 5.22 cm (2.05")
Width at tip: 5.34 cm (2.10")
Thickness at hand guard approx.: 9.8 mm
Thickness at mid-point approx.: 7.4 mm
Thickness near the tip approx. : 4.5 mm
POB from hand guard: 10 cm (4")
Blade cross section profile: triangular wedge shape
Blade length wide profile: wide straight blade,
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 56-58 HRC.
Cut bamboo with ease.
Hand polish to smooth soft shine and sword sharp edge.
Full Tang handle wrapped with Hemp ribbon according to historical Song Hemp Wrap Zhan Ma Dao
Vegan Leather Scabbard
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Sifu Thomas Fuhr of Chan Family Choy Lee Fut performing Form and cutting with Song Zhan Ma Dao
PHILLIP MARTIN OF THE PHOENIX SOCIETY OF HISTORICAL SWORDSMANSHIP
Zhan Ma Dao Tough Bamboo Cutting Starting around 5:00
As if in a distant dream I once met you, a ripple stirs in my heart. Let's forget our earthly affairs, cast away our sadness and sigh. Accompany each other, we ride towards the end of the sky
We follows the pastures here and there, the wilderness is endless and wide.The chill wind blows, the heavens bleak, frost and snow on my face. I am not afraid, for I am with you, a tree with a twisted vine. Drawing my bow I shoot the condors, galloping wild amid the sand storm under the endless sky .