What You Should Know Before Buying A Chinese Sword
By John Gottshall
If you are looking for a sword worthy of battle you want
to be sure and choose a blade that is made of high carbon steel or folded
steel. What’s wrong with a stainless steel blade you might ask? Stainless
steel blades are nice if you’re going to hang the sword on the wall. As a
matter of fact, they’re often called “wall hangers”. Stainless steel
blades simply are not made to stand up to the rigors of cutting and dojo
Two very popular makers of blades that are battle ready
are Paul Chen and Cold Steel. Cold steel, although and American Company has
most of their oriental blades forged in China. They have done well in
replicating the look and feel of a well made Chinese sword at a very affordable
price. Cold steel has a great video that you can usually get for free that
shows professionals putting Cold Steel blades to the test. You can never go
wrong with a Cold Steel Chinese sword or weapon.
However Paul Chen swords are quite a bit more popular in
the United States and around the world. Most Paul Chen blades are forged with a
technique called “differentially tempering”, meaning that the top of the
blade is actually stronger then the edge, which means that it’s nearly
impossible to break the blade when you’re really putting it to the test.
You’ll probably pay a bit more for a Paul Chen sword than a Cold Steel but
most people are happy to and believe it’s well worth the extra cost.
Another popular brand of swords is United Cutlery, which
are mostly for show or hanging on your wall. United swords are usually much
less expensive but are very nice for above the mantle or a great decorative
piece for a study or office.
Probably one of the most popular Chinese swords that
everybody wants to get there hands on right now is the Chinese Saber which was
used by cavalrymen and foot soldiers in the rush of battle.
Whether you’re looking for a battle ready Chinese Sword
or one just to hang on the wall for decoration, you can be sure that it will
add beauty and appeal to any room in your home or office.
replica Samurai Set with wooden scabbard.
Only USD $175.00
John Gottshall is the owner of Japanese
Swords 4 Samurai. Your source for quality
Chinese Swords & Weapons.