Yan Ling Dao marks a transition from traditional straight blade Chinese Dao to curve Dao. The blade is mostly straight with a smooth curve towards the tip of the blade. Many original specimens came with an upper edge and 1-2 fullers. Yan Ling Dao is suitable for both cavalry and infantry and was popular in late Ming and early Qing dynasty.
This chiseled and solid Yan Ling Dao is closely modeled after an unique 17th century specimen in Mr. Peter Dekker's private collection. The rare sundial like hand guard gives the name of the sword "Tai Yang", which means the sun. The fittings are cast iron and in the "Fang-Shi" or square style popular in the mid 17th century to early 18th century. Subdue and refine, the "Fang-Shi" or square style is an endearing style of the time.
"Tai Yang" Yan Ling Dao has the most classic blade profile and is an excellent representation of this classic blade type.
Sword only weight: approx. 985 g (2 lb. 2.7 oz)
Blade length approx. 69.50 cm (27.36")
Handle including fitting 18.00 cm (7.08")
Total length 87.00 cm (34.25")
Point of Balance approx. 11.5 cm (4.53") from hand guard
at base: 8.50 mm
40 cm from base: 5.00 mm
5 cm from tip: 2.20 mm
at base: 33.5 mm
40 cm from base: 33.0 mm
50 cm from base: 35.0 mm
60 cm from base: 31.0 mm
Steel Option 1
Steel option 1
Labor intensive classic Sanmai (three plate) steel.
Hand folded pattern steel on the outside,
T10 steel in the core.
Clay clade differential tempering for hard edge.
Steel Option 2
Folded pattern steel:
1060 carbon steel + T9 tungsten-vanadium high-speed tool steel.
1060 carbon steel
T9 tungsten-vanadium high-speed tool steel.
Tungsten <= 0.30
Vanadium <= 0.02
Molybdenum <= 0.20
Superior heat treatment: Hardness 54-55 HRC.
Through spring tempering with oil quenching.
Pommel secured by traditional peening.
High quality white wood scabbard wrapping with "vegan" brown leather
"Fang Shi (Square style)" Iron Fittings
** In Ming and Qing Dynasty, military Dao use Iron as the hand guard material
instead of brass, a softer metal. **
Hand guard, handle ferrule and pommel - Slightly blackened iron
Scabbard fittings - Slightly blackened iron
Flat brown cord wrapped handle.
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.
Sifu Thomas Fuhr of Chan Family Choy Lee Fut San Diego performs Seven Star Single Hand Saber techniques
Sifu Jeremy Thomas performs amazing cuts and control with double Yan Ling Dao
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Sifu Kuttel's first impressions of the LK Chen Yan Ling Dao
Mr. Dekker generously provided the original 17th Century Yan Ling Dao for our reference. Starting 14:18
To General Mao Ba Wen
Jia Jing Emperor
Commanding general, full of brave,
marshaling his troops heading south.
His Yan Ling Dao, bright like
shimmering water in the fall,
hang from his waist.
The wind carries the roar of the drum beat,
shaken the mountains and rivers.
Lighting flashes on the flustering flags,
so tall that reaches the sun and the moon.
Our warriors inherited
the brilliance of Kirin from heaven.
Our adversaries hiding like ants in dens,
how can they possibly escape ?
When peace restores and the general returns.
I will be there to greet you sir,
to untie the burden of your battle robe.