The Long Quan Tai Chi Dao (tai chi broadsword) is unique among dao broadswords. Its taper is much gentler than the more martial variety and has no flare. Two fullers extend down the blade, one nearly the entire way and one only a fraction of the length. The first third of the blade (the shoulder) is thicker than the rest for strength in parrying. It is fitted with a blade forged in China legendary Long Quan (dragon well) forges, by the Shen family smiths from combat (high carbon content) steel.
Shen Family Swords: Many sword-making families now live in Long Chuan, but the most famous among them is the Shen family. The Shen family's swords have been known to have the best quality and skill for hundreds of years. In the 1911 Long Chuan Master Sword competition, a sword forged by the third generation of the Shen family stabbed through three solid brass blanks as well as split a sword from another maker in half, thus earning the title "King of Swords." The Shen family Long Chuan Master Sword were praised as national treasure in China by the people of the highest social class. In 1942, a Long Chuan Master Sword was made for the second president of the Republic of China by special request and in 1955, a special customized Long Chuan Master Sword was made for Chairman Mao Zhe Don.
Approximate Weight(with scabbard): 3.51 lb.
Approximate Weight(without scabbard): 2.25 lb.
Approximate Handle Length: 8.5" (10" including pommel ring)
BLADE: Semi-flexible and Not sharpened.