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by David R
Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Butterfly swords/knives
Replies: 14
Views: 17176

Re: Butterfly swords/knives

Some examples of what I mean. I will post others later, if this thread attracts interest.
by David R
Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:36 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Butterfly swords/knives
Replies: 14
Views: 17176

Re: Butterfly swords/knives

I have no agenda to prove one thing or another. I am fascinated by the exchange of ideas, technology and techniques between cultures. Even the most isolated cultures recieve influences from others. Jade sword guards found on European swords, lamellar armour in German warrior graves. Chinese origin c...
by David R
Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:50 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Period Chinese Armor
Replies: 35
Views: 47576

Re: Period Chinese Armor

It is probably best if I do this as two or three seperate posts as otherwise I'll end up writing a book here. Of the three main types I know of, the wadded cotton was the biggest surprise to me, examples exist from 15thC Europe, and Mogul period India, and written acounts from 9thC Byzantium, and Sp...
by David R
Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:44 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Period Chinese Armor
Replies: 35
Views: 47576

Re: Period Chinese Armor

Textile armour is surprisingly effective, and there are surviving examples from Europe, Asia and Africa. There are written descriptions of it's use construction and effectiveness not only from these three continents, but South America as well. I made up samples of the three most common types for a t...
by David R
Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Butterfly swords/knives
Replies: 14
Views: 17176

Butterfly swords/knives

I am inspired to ask a question here by a thought that occurred while posting elsewhere. At what date did the lightweight paired sword/knives often called "butterfly" appear in China. They often (always??) have knucklebows like a European hunting sword/hanger, and even horn grips also like a Hanger....
by David R
Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:01 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dao
Replies: 16
Views: 18151

Re: Dao

Thank you for your time and knowledge. As I do more work on restoration I intend to post more pics, the next job being to make a new guard. I noticed that the originals in the Royal Armouries, Leeds, had more robust guards either cast, and rather like a tsuba, or inverted bowl like raised in one pie...
by David R
Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dao
Replies: 16
Views: 18151

Re: Dao

Thank you for your input, I did not think this blade had any great age to it, but I am happy to hear that it is at least not a modern repro. Were these shorter blades used in any particular context, ie infantry as opposed to cavalry, engineers rather than infantry, body guards rather than soldiers? ...
by David R
Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:22 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dao
Replies: 16
Views: 18151

Re: Dao

Well today I had a go at etching the blade, using hot vinegar mopped on the surface with paper towels and a cheap brush. I went for the milder option on the basis that you can always go up a level of acidity easier than recover from one too far. The blade has gone a nice shade of slate grey, and the...
by David R
Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:25 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dao
Replies: 16
Views: 18151

Re: Dao

I've been following other threads on this forum ,on the subject of restoring original Dao, and have been intrigued by the composition of the old blades. I have also seen references to etching to bring out the pattern, followed by a final polish to subdue the effect, but leaving the pattern visible. ...
by David R
Sat Jan 15, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dao
Replies: 16
Views: 18151

Re: Dao

Just began the last stages of polishing, it's surprising how much the blade shines up in the later stages with the finer grits . If I get the chance I will post up some pics of the blade in the bright, before I try to bring up any pattern with an etch.
by David R
Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:57 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dao
Replies: 16
Views: 18151

Re: Dao

Blade alone, stripped of all fittings, 954 grams, blade with hilt and no scabbard 1,006grms , just over one kilo total.
by David R
Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:22 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dao
Replies: 16
Views: 18151

Re: Dao, weight.

Hi there, went down to a friends workshop and weighed the sword, total weight 1kilo 6grms, blade alone 954 grms. I don't have the money to pay some one else to clean and polish, but have been collecting for 40 years, so, no power tools and a lot of stopping and looking. Doing about an hour and a hal...
by David R
Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dao
Replies: 16
Views: 18151

Re: Dao

I am currently about two thirds of the way through cleaning/polishing the blade. The blade is covered with fine pits, but to polish them out would take too much material out of the blade, so I hope a light etch will bring out a little of the pattern and render the pits less noticeable. There is a na...
by David R
Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:43 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dao
Replies: 16
Views: 18151

Re: Dao

Hi there, the thick rectangular edge is the back of the blade, which at this point is about 10mill thick, the blade section is virtually a wedge, but with clamshell geometry edge. the first quarter of the blade tapers fairly quickly to 5mill and then almost parallel for half the blade and then a slo...
by David R
Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dao
Replies: 16
Views: 18151

Dao

Hi there, I am new to this forum, which I came upon while reasearching how to wrap the grip of a Dao. The reason for doing this, I am restoring a sword I bought some years ago in a dismounted condition. The mounts are dubious to say the least, but the blade is well forged and sturdy though of simple...