The Kwondao or Guandao as its sometimes called I find to be a most fascinating weapon. From some of the posts in this forum it appears some of the people here like training with the Kwondao. Now as for getting a good one, from what I've observed regarding martial arts weapons, all martial arts weapons come in varying qualities but you will not find a bigger variance of quality than you will with the swords used in some of the asian martial arts. With asian swords you can get the really cheap wall hangers for $50 or less which might look good on the wall but that's all they're really good for, you certainly wouldn't want to try using one, and then at the other extreme you can really break the bank and get a top quality hand forged sword which will cost from 5 to 10 grand. And then there are all the swords that fall somewhere in between. However Im under the impression that if you do want a "real" sword that you are going to be spending big bucks. Now a kwondao is not the same as a sword but it does have a blade so there are some similarities. I would think that like most other martial arts weapons, with the exception of swords, that the quality of kwondaos does not vary all that greatly but if I were to take up kwondao training which I hope to do sometime I would want something good. Does anybody know of any sites or any companies that make them that they would recommend?