I think I read about this somewhere, but they said the sword tassel can be used as weapon? Or is it just for distracting enemy? Or is there any use at all?
or you can just rip the suckers off and toss them aside.
they look ridiculous and distract the student from learning the weapon more than distracting an opponent.
unless your wearing them silk pajamas, do what i do and use them to tie back your curtains.
I have also heard that the tassels were weighted to act as a counterbalance for the sword. The weights or the length of the tassel cord could be varied to adjust the balance of the blade.
I would not argue with your reasoning.
Here is a quote from "The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship" by Zhang Yun. "There are two kinds of tassels; changsui which is as long as the body of the jian and duansui which is half the length of the jian. Originally made of rope that connected the jian to the practitioners wrist, the tassels of contemporary jians are always made of beautiful materials. Historically , the jianpao allowed the jian to be thrown outward by the practitioner and then pulled back into his grasp. Today, jianpao are used primarily for show , not combat".
I think what we all agree on is that in the beginning it is better to leave the tassel off.
Very best wishes