Yourthoughts on CMA Saber/Dao

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    I opened a thread a while back on the difference between the oxtail saber and the willow leaf. Got some pretty good answers and input.

    Now I am curious as to thoughts on these sabers and if anyone has handled one of them, what your preference is and why. All I've had a chance to handle is the junk practice swords, however would like to save up for an actual blade, for no other reason then to have an actual blade. Of course I'll want to go in the backyard and chop up some mats or the like but I digress.

    I have no real interest in the oxtail, however the willow leaf and goose quill both have my eye. What is everyone's thoughts on the goose quill vs the willow leaf? do you prefer one over the other? why or why not?

    I'm looking again at ones forged by Huanuo, on a distributor's site Dynasty Forge.

    Goosequill Saber (Yan Mao Dao)
    http://df.advoca.com/swords/chinese_arms/default/goosequill_saber_yan_mao_dao/

    Willow Leaf Saber (Liu Ye Dao)
    http://df.advoca.com/swords/chinese_arms/default/willow_leaf_saber_liu_ye_dao/

    Oxtail Saber (Niu Wei Dao)
    http://df.advoca.com/swords/chinese_arms/default/oxtail_saber_niu_wei_dao/
     
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    I did find an interesting article online, but was still curious about first hand knowledge. Still figured I'd share.


    by Philip Tom ยป Tue Feb 27, 2007 2:10 am from
    http://forum.grtc.org/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=423

    "YANMAODAO:
    In the evolution of the peidao or saber, it appears to be the next step up from the "zhibeidao" (straight-back knife) used by China's military from the Warring States period until well into the Song Dynasty, and even by the Mongols on occasion. The zhibeidao, as its name implies, is dead straight, and sharp on one side only. The yanmaodao exhibits the beginning of actual curve in the blade. Earliest surviving specimens date from the Ming Dynasty, and it remained in fairly wide use until the end of the 18th cent. Later examples are rare. Technique utilizes the strong points of both jian and dao. BLADE CHARACTERISTICS: "


    That at least gives me something to think on.
     
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