By: Paul Chen - Hanwei
The Chinese Pudao, originally an infantry weapon, has been adopted into the martial arts and its use in the hands of a skilled practitioner is spectacular. Hanwei's Pudao is a weapon to be coveted by infantry of old and modern martial artists alike. The high-carbon tempered steel blade has an aggressive distal taper to promote quickness and balance and a long tang for strength, while the oak staff is tightly wrapped in a traditional pattern, which both optimizes handling and adds to the distinctive appearance, as do the dragon-head bronzed steel blade collar and bell tassel.
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"Impressive weapons, the blade is somewhat flexible but this is in part because of it's total blade length and a great deal of distal taper, but the blade near the " guard " is more than 1/4" thick tapering to around 1/8" thick near the point. The point may be a bit fragile if one thrust it against a very hard cutting target, and the last 1/8" of the point might bend as seen in a Youtube video by *******, but this could be easily fixed by bending back the point or shortening and re-profiling the point if it ever became an issue. ( It's a blade made for mostly slashing and cutting ). It came near paper cutting sharp and the steel heat treat seem good if a little softer than a knife blade, but this is a good thing that it has a spring temper not likely to break. The tang of the blade seems to run the full length of the handle checked using a strong magnet. The wrap around the handle is very tight and nice looking, the bronze " Guard " is very attractive. In rough use in period I assume that the warping might need to be replaced and re-wrapped if soiled by blood or dirt, but this isn't an issue for a collectable. The handling is very good and in a " Walking Dead Zombie Apocalypse it would be a " Go To Weapon " once ammunition became rare and hard to find. Very good to practice " Solo " martial arts forms, but obviously with great care as it's a sharp and not for the more showy martial arts demonstrations as it doesn't have the typical ultra-thin floppy blade." - Jean (5/5)
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