These knives were designed for Hung Gar and Shaolin but they are also widely regarded as the best knives for the Dr./Grandmaster William Cheung Wing Chun lineage. He did request something "a bit pointier" so we are presently working on the "5 Sifus" trapping only knives. We have no current plans to make more of these and there are very few remaining so if you want a pair, buy them fast!
Sword Type: Individual Swords (full handles, not half-handles). Sword Construction: Conventional (separate blade, D Guard and handle) Blade Style: Stabber Blade Length: Approx 14 3/8" inches (36.5 cm) from tip to D Guard Total Length: 19 3/8" (49.2 cm) Weight: Approx 1.7 pounds (780 grams) per sword Blade Material: Böhler 440C Stainless Steel (weapons grade) D Guard Material: Cast and then machined Brass Blade Edge: Very wide Hollow Grind (Best suited for cutting into flesh targets; can nick against other weapons or bone). Blade Sharpness: Unsharpened (Approx 1mm thick; these swords can be sharpened) or sharp as noted in store item. Sharps are for display only, too dangerous for training. Blade Thickness: 4 mm Blade Finish: Production grade glossy finish Ricasso: Yes Fuller: Decorative fullers, one on each side of blade Quillion Design: Hybrid (favors trapping/hand protection over flipping but can do both) Knuckle Bow Design: Rounded Handle Type: Full Handles Handle Material: Laminated stabilized wood in either red/black or a brown depending on what we have in stock (feel free to express a preference but no guarantees, not many left) Grip Style: Full handles with an ergonomic belly to fit the hollow of the palm Balance Point: Approx 2 5/8" down the blade from front of Guard (i.e., near a plumb line dropped from tip of quillon to blade) Designed by: Modell Design LLC Sheath: Nylon 2-in-1 sheath
Product is a pair of custom designed Butterfly Swords, made by hand. All measurements and weights approximate.
These long Butterfly Swords were designed for use by practitioners of Hung Gar, Shaolin and other martial arts styles. While the Grandmaster William Cheung likes these a lot for his lineage, if your lineage uses knives measured to the interior of the elbow DO NOT BUY THESE UNLESS YOU ARE SURE THEY ARE NOT TOO LONG, you may injure yourself. These knives are designed for lineages that stab as well as chop and slice.
Here are a few things that make these weapons superior to a lot of your purchase alternatives:
*Excellent value/price ratio
*The D Guard is solidly affixed to the tang (we really care).
*Weapons-grade stainless steel, imported Böhler 440C type on these first run swords.
*Our knives are professionally heat treated because we understand that one of the major knife industry problems is manufacturers doing a lousy heat treatment to save costs. A great blade steel without a good heat treatment is swill. These knives are approximately HRC 58.
*Wide hollow grind. Tough to do but looks great, a feature frequently requested on expensive full custom butterfly swords.
*Excellent traditional point of balance (NOT a forward point of balance for lineages that prefer machete style)
*Comfortable full handle yet still able to fit two swords in one sheath
*Humidity resistant handle material (a laminated resin/glue treated wood product that still expands and contracts, but not as much as cheap Chinese sword wood)
*Total weight is light for a weapons-grade Butterfly Sword
* Excellent balance plus light weight = fast knives.
We do not make any swords for weapon vs. weapon training or cutting exercises. These are especially unsuitable due to the hollow grind and use of stainless rather than carbon steel.
SPECIAL WARNINGS FOR LONG BUTTERFLY SWORDS:
This product is a real weapon (even if the edge has not been sharpened) and therefore inherently dangerous at all times. The user voluntarily assumes the risk of all injury and damage resulting from any use (or misuse) of this product, whether used as intended or otherwise.
The tip is pointed and can stab or scrape quite easily so be very careful, both when practicing and when cleaning the knife. It is very dangerous to twirl these swords allowing the tip to pass inside your arm near the bicep due to the point (and if sharpened the edge). Do not drop on tip or smash the tip into hard objects, even if the swords are in the nylon sheath, as it will bend or break. Unless specifically noted otherwise, the edge will not be sharp but the spine and edge may have 90 degree corners that can cause a scrape, especially if nicked through use. Arm sensitivity to spine scrapes tends to go away with practice flipping (but no guarantees). We do not round the corners of the spine (as we did on the flipping only integral knives) because that reduces the knife's trapping capability. Your state or national knife laws may prohibit purchase, importation or transport of these swords (for example, prohibiting sharp blades over a certain length)! Check your state/country knife laws! Your local constabulary may regard an unsharpened edge that looks sharp as sharp so be sure to be familiar with your import, transport and ownership laws. Buyer assumes all risk of confiscation by customs or local authorities.
These knives come with a 2-in-1 sheath designed so that practitioners can draw both swords simultaneously (if your hand can safely hold both swords). That means that, as with traditional BJD single sheaths, both handles touch each other and can scrape off or mar finish. We recommend you be careful sheathing the swords and withdrawing them to minimize this problem (and also try to avoid sticking the pointy tip through sheath material). If your intention is to transport the knives in the sheath for longer than a gym walk to the tournament ring, you should seriously consider placing some bubble wrap or other shock abosorbant barrier between the two handles. Unlike a traditional 2-in-1 sheath, our sheath has an additional layer of material that separates the two blades to help minimize in-sheath blade on blade scratching.
These knives have a roughly 1 mm thick blunt edge. We have a few sharps in stock (martial arts sharp, not razor sharp which would leave the edge too weak). If you want a sharp pair, please contact us.
See the Limited Warranty/Legal section of this web-site prior to purchase!
PHOTOGRAPHS: The photos show two pair of new knives selected at random from the first production run. If you look carefully, you may see some minor blemishing on one of the brass knucklebows. These were shiny when received but brass tarnishes with time even if it is not used. Chances are good the knives you get will have brass D guards that have lost their luster. See the essay "Combating Rust on Swords" at this web-site for our two cents worth on how to shiny them up again.