Sub-Hilt Butterfly Swords (Prototype)
Sub-Hilt Butterfly Swords (Prototype)
Sub-Hilt Butterfly Swords (Prototype)

Sub-Hilt Butterfly Swords (Prototype)


This is a prototype without sheath system or certificate of authenticity by the designer, a famous U.S. custom knife maker.  The final collector grade version complete with designer's certificate of authenticity, wood case and sheath system by Anita Broadwell is $1,775 and available here:  We are making a total of five finals; 3 already done and two on the way.


For sale here is our last prototype:

 Series: Sifu. The Sifu series are unique designs and/or fine quality weapons.

Sword Type: Individual Full Handles.
Sword Construction: Conventional.
Blade Style: Persian w/MACV Study Group-style tip.
Blade Length: Approx 12 1/4 inches from tip to D Guard on the centerline axis.
Total Length: Approx 17 7/8 inches.
Weight: Sword 1: Approx 1 lbs 9.5 oz (724 grams)/ Sword 2: Approx 1 lbs 10.9 oz (765 grams).
Blade Material: Böhler D-2 Tool Steel.
D Guard Material: Cast AISI 304 stainless steel.
Blade Grind: Wide Hollow Grind.
Blade Sharpness: Edge Sharp. Sharps are for display only, too dangerous for training.
Blade Thickness: Approx 4.0 mm.
Blade Finish: Mirror.
Tang: Full tang.
Ricasso: Yes.
Choil: Yes.
Quillion Design: Stopping/Trapping (not safe for flipping but can be held in reverse grip).
Knuckle Bow Design: Square, minimal extra interior space.
Handle Type: Individual Full Handles.
Handle Pins: 3 large mosaic pins.
Handle Material: Black Linen Micarta™-type material.
Grip Style: Ergonomic Sub-Hilt.
Balance Point: Roughly where the D Guard meets the blade. Not safe to flip.
Designed by: A famous U.S. custom knife maker (not Modell Design LLC)
Sheath: Not Included

Product is a pair of custom designed Butterfly Swords, made by hand.   All measurements and weights approximate.

This is a Sifu-Grade quality (Grade 2) prototype pair of Wing Chun Butterfly Swords, part of a chain of prototypes in a joint project with a famous U.S. custom knife maker. This project is the first time anyone has ever made, and tested, sub-hilt Wing Chun knives that we know of!

Sifu Grade means a martial instructor would be thrilled to own it, but a knife collector would find it deficient. There are some extremely minor finishing flaws on this (see picture showing minor pitting on bottom of quillon) and a change in the swage on the final design. We have permission to sell off the initial prototypes without using his name, and with no certificate of authenticity.  This is our last prototype. These swords are real weapons and very dangerous.

Please educate yourself on knife cleaning and maintenance to preserve your investment.

Things to Consider Before Ordering:

1) Check with your local laws to determine the legality of all items ordered. Seller is not responsible for any items seized by customs or other authorities and will not knowingly make shipments to countries where any items are illegal. By placing an order, you are representing that you are an adult, the product(s) ordered are lawful in your local jurisdiction and that you will use the products in compliance with all applicable laws. You accept full responsibility and costs for all customs fees and VAT. Seller will not replace or refund any item confiscated by local authorities or customs agents.

2) These are handmade. There will be slight imperfections on most handmade work commensurate with its pricing. Mr. Ali's highest quality/grade/difficulty knives generally sell for $300 to $500 through other venues with Collector Grade Butterfly Sword pairs priced up to $1,775. All measurements are approximate. Blade lengths were measured from the border with the bolster/hilt to the tip including any ricasso/choil where it is within that defined area.

3) Plain Language Disclaimer: Knives are inherently dangerous. Glass breakers are also very dangerous to the user and should be used only in cases of life or death and with protective gear. Swords with sharp edges are for display only and should not be used for martial arts training. Even blunt swords are dangerous. You agree that you won't sue the Seller, designer or maker for anything related to using this product for any reason whatsoever and you (and we) really mean it!

See the Limited Warranty/Legal section of this web-site prior to purchase!  While these knives come with our standard warranty, we do not have a lot of them so if there is a warranty issue (hopefully not) you should expect a refund or accommodation rather than replacement. 


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