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Cold Steel Butterfly Swords Cord Wrapped Handle with Leather Scabbard


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  • Overall Length: 20.25"
  • Blade Length: 15.00"
  • Handle Material: Wood Covered w/Braided Cord
  • Carry System: Leather Scabbard
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Product Description

Our battle worthy blades are 15" long and 2 5/8" wide. The handsome slip-proof grip features carefully selected hardwood covered with attractively braided cord. The “D” shaped guard has a long forward quillion, so it can both deflect and trap various opposing weapons.

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  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00062ARJG
  • Item model number: 88BF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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They are solid, well balanced, and very sharp.
Mark J. Urbin
In Wing Chun, one notable aspect of butterfly sword combat is that its principles are the basis for all other weaponry.
Inspector Nash Bridges
I've come to expect good quality from Cold Steel.
Jeff

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Urbin on April 3, 2012
I have these Butterfly swords. They are solid, well balanced, and very sharp.
As noted in one of the other reviews, traditionally, the lower third of the blade was not sharpened. That allowed it be used for blocking without damaging the edge and to deliver "less than lethal" blows using that section of the blade.

These swords are quite sharp all along that edge of the blade. So if you are using them in practice combat, you have to be careful not to injure your training partner, and not to damage the edge of the blade when blocking with the sharp edge of the blade.

I obtained these after months of training with dull practice blades, and I strongly recommend that to anyone considering purchasing these blades. The practice set I used were made from steel, not aluminum. They are actually heavier than than the live Cold Steel blades. I consider that a feature. After practicing with the heavier weapons, the live blades felt light and I was able to move them about faster.

The D ring guards on these swords are sturdy enough to provide protection and double as "brass knuckles" for in close work were you want a "less than lethal" strike.

The leather sheath is of comparable quality to the weapons. Very sturdy and holds the blades snug, but not overly tight. Keep in mind that you do not want to store steel blades in a leather scabbard long term. Take the blades out on regular basis to clean them and apply a light coating of oil to protect the blades.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Nash Bridges on May 12, 2010
Do not settle for less expensive models that are only meant for show. Most of those will not cut anything. This one from Cold Steel will actually cut. Not just for hanging on the wall. This is a real weapon. Here in The United States of America, you can only find shiny replicas for "training", demonstrations, and parades. In order to get a real set of butterfly swords this sharp, you practically have to travel all the way to China.

The butterfly sword (simplified Chinese: ''''; traditional Chinese: ''''; pinyin: húdié shu'ng d'o) is a short d'o, or single-edged blade, originally from the South of China, though it has seen use in the North.

The blade of a butterfly sword is roughly as long as a human forearm, which allows for easy concealment inside sleeves or boots, and allows greater maneuverability when spinning and rotating during close-quarters fighting. Butterfly swords are usually wielded in pairs. A pair of swords will often be carried side by side within the same scabbard, so as to give the appearance of a single weapon.

The butterfly sword has a small crossguard to protect the hands of the wielder, similar to that of a sai, which can also be used to block or hook an opponent's weapon. They may also be used as a knuckle duster when non-lethal application of the weapon is desired.

Traditionally, the blade of a butterfly sword is only sharpened along half of its edge - from the middle of the blade to the tip. The blade from the midpoint down is left blunt so that it can be used to deliver non-lethal strikes and to block without damaging the sharpened edge. The blade is 11½"long and the handle is 5"long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt on June 23, 2014
Disclaimer - I bought my set at a Cold Steel parking lot sale, my review in no way reflects the online retailer.

I own 3 different swords from Cold Steel - their Jian, the older Dao and these Butterfly Swords. Cold Steel makes excellent blades, they are all perfectly balanced, but it really shows that nobody in their design team truly knows Chinese weapons.

The problem with their butterfly swords lies in the handle - they are clunky when you try and flip them. When compared to other high end butterfly swords, you will notice that many other manufactures round the guard, more of a cylindrical shape as opposed to flat; the reason for this is that in many forms, the butterfly swords are meant to be held both forwards as well as backwards along the forearm. The rounded guard is an integral part of the design - also, on designs where they really understand southern kung fu, the bottom of the handle guard, where your pinky would normally sit, will often have a little "fang" that sits proud that is used in the same context as brass knuckles when the sword is held backwards. I can flip these well, but it definitely doesn't feel as organic as it does with my other set.

Other than that, they are perfect - extremely sharp, well balanced, well put together, but the problem with the handle trumps all - I own 2 sets of butterfly swords, and you usually only see the flat handle on entry level $40 versions.

If the style you practice doesn't require flipping the blade, these are perfect for you - personally, to me, holding them both forwards and backwards (like the iron rulers) is part of the fun.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BeenThere on December 25, 2011
"Inspector" Nash Bridges' review is good, covers a lot. It's a good review. As the origin of this style of blade was supposedly from the Shaolin Temple and were designed as a non lethal alternative - mostly joints of the body, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, got targeted with slashing motions that would maim but not kill. There were also secular designs which had a useful point for stabbing. Arguments as to what the best weapon design is are useless until you define the battlefield. Butterfly knives fit a niche use; they are effective in extremely close combat when both hands are free.

Cold Steel manufactures durable weaponry that is a bit generic and on the heavy side to assure strength. I do not own a set of these knives but I would buy this model if I was in the market for something reliable and usable in the "field".

One serious caveat you must consider; if you are a martial artist and enjoy regularly honing your skills through forms, then take the sharp edge off these or get a pair of cheap ones! If you slip once during a challenging practice move, that accident could permanently cripple you. In the studio it's common to do two person skill sets, so spears and swords must be dull, to avoid fatalities during practice. If you don't believe these knives can cause damage just watch Cold Steel vids.
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