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Cold Steel Butterfly Swords Cord Wrapped Handle with Leather Scabbard

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  • Blade thickness: 1/5"
  • Handle: 5 1/4" cord wrapped handle with same (ray skin)
  • Overall length: 20 1/4"
  • Steel: 1055 carbon
  • Scabbard: leather scabbard
  • Overall Length: 20.25"
  • Blade Length: 15.00"
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Prior to world War II, the Butterfly sword was virtually unknown outside of Southern China. This changed at the close of the 1940's, when the communists took control of mainland China, forcing many Kung Fu Masters to flee the oppressive regime and establish new schools elsewhere. Currently, due to the spread of Kung Fu, these once obscure swords have become quite popular. Typically, Butterfly swords come in pairs that are cleverly nested together so they appear to be one sword not two. When they are drawn, they can be quickly separated and wielded in both hands to make wickedly effective chops, slashes and thrusts. 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 quillon, so it can both deflect and trap various opposing weapons.

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  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 6.3 x 3 inches ; 4.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00062ARJG
  • Item model number: 88BF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,707 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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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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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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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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Having watched the video clips by cold steel on these knives they just don't seem the same quality in person. While the sheath was high quality, I removed the blades to notes that had laquer stains on them which had hardened and after trying several methods to remove the stains it looks like I am going to have to use a dremel. The "D" guards are not symmetrical and one of the hooks is almost a half inch shorter then the other.
Yes, they are very sharp and functional but they look more like a higher quality set coming out of someone's basement shop.
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