Tang Dao specimens are rare, and double handed Tang Dao are even rarer.
Tang Zhan Ma Dao is based on a rare surviving double handed Tang Dao discovered in today's Sichuan province. Tang Zhan Ma Dao comes with a bar shaped steel cross guard, a beautiful fuller run along a ridged profiled blade, this is a faithful recreation of this powerful Tang Dynasty weapon.
Sword only weight: approx. 2080 g (4 lb. 9.37 oz)
Blade only weight: approx. 1850 g (4 lb. 1.26 oz)
Blade length: 86.36 cm (34")
Grip length without ring: 46.36 cm (18.25")
Handle length with ring: 52 cm (20.5")
Total length ring: 140 cm (55")
Width with tapering
Width at hand guard: 41 mm (1.61")
Width at tip: 32 mm (1.26")
Thickness with tapering
Thickness at hand guard approx. : 9.0 mm
Thickness near the tip approx. : 3.5 mm
Point Of Balance from hand guard: 9 cm (3.5")
Blade cross section profile:
Ridge blade with single blood groove on both sides
length wide profile: narrow straight 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 56-58 HRC.
Cut bamboo with ease.
Hand polish to smooth soft shine and sword sharp edge.
Full Tang handle wrapped with leather
Vegan Leather Scabbard
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History and Mystery
In the inaugural year of Gān yuan,
the reign period of Emperor Sùzōng of the Táng Dynasty.
On the third, a reshen day, of the ninth month, in which the first was a gengwu day.
Your thirteenth uncle,
銀青光祿大夫 使持節、蒲外諸軍事、蒲州刺史。 上輕車都尉、丹陽縣開國侯
Grand Master of Imperial Protocols with Silver Seal and Blue Ribbon,
Commissioner with Extraordinary Powers Over All Military Affairs in Puzhou,
Prefect of Puzhou, Senior Commandant of Light Chariots, and
Founding Marquis of Danyang District,
以清酌庶羞 祭於亡侄 贈贊善大夫 季明之靈。
With pure wine and a complement of the delicacies,
sacrifices to the spirit of Ji-Ming, my late nephew,
who was granted the posthumous title of Grand Master Admonisher:
惟爾挺生，夙標幼德。 宗廟瑚璉，階庭蘭玉， 每慰人心。方期戩谷，
You always stood up and defend life,
you showed your youthful virtue early.
Like sacrificial vessels in the ancestral temple and
fragrant plants in the courtyard,
you were a comfort to our hearts.
In those days, you were blessed, happy and
looking forward to a successful future.
How could we imagined that the rebel traitors would commence our misfortune?
But they took up arms and violated their vows [to the throne].
Your father [Yan Gaoqing] expended his integrity as commandery governor of Changshan, while I, too, had received a mandate at that time, in Pingyuan.
My selfless elder brother so loved me that he asked you to be a courier to send messages to me.
You had already returned home and Tumen Pass was conquered;
with the opening of Tumen Pass,
the villains feared they would be pressed on all sides.
A traitorous official [Wang Chengye] failed to come to your rescue and
the orphaned city was besieged and fallen.
Your father was taken and you, the son killed,
the nest tipped and the eggs overturned.
Heaven has no regret for this calamity,
but who else could cause such suffering?
I remember how you met with your cruel death,
even if I had the ransom worth a hundred people,
could I buy you back ?
Alas, how I grieve!
吾承天澤 移牧河關。 泉明比者，再陷常山， 攜爾首櫬，及茲同還。
Since that time,
I have been graced with the Beneficence of Heaven and
transferred to shepherd the flock on the He-Guan border [Pu-zhou].
After Quan-Ming found me and Changshan was retaken,
he retrieved your encoffined head and has now returned with it.
The memory of your death is revived in me and
the shock of grief in my heart and my face is just as it was on that distant day.
Some day in the future, I will set up your final resting place.
I send this announcement to your abode in the nether world,
that your spirit may have knowledge of it.
Do not weep and wander out there for long !
Alas, how I grieve !
May you accept this offering.
The orphaned city was besieged
Heaven has no regret for this calamity !
You always stood up and defended life
Such suffering !