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Cold Steel Butterfly Swords Cord Wrapped Handle with Leather Scabbard
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Yes, they are very sharp and functional but they look more like a higher quality set coming out of someone's basement shop.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Small amount of discoloration on the brass where the leather locking strap contacts the brass hand guard.Published 11 hours ago by Heather Slinkard
FYI: Cold steel is like every other manufacture out there. They make winners and losers and they make mistakes! That happens when u mass produce any product. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ichibanman
Great swords, wonderful weight and balance, comfortable cord wrapped handles, and definitely appreciated the scabbard. Mine has some carbonized dots on one blade towards the tip. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Brian
These are very well made. I've come to expect good quality from Cold Steel. Even the leather Scabbard that comes with them is ridiculously nice and well made. Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by Jeff
I notice a few blemishes on one of the blades but was able to rub them out with some good metal polish.
Part of the low cost I guess.
Beautifully crafted. Solid and powerful. It was expensive and took a till the last day to arrive, but they are excellent blades.Published on December 23, 2013 by Claude A. Cowan
Good weight behind them:) definitely worth the money, love them. My personal favorite of cold steel company:) I smiled the second I pulled them out.Published on May 13, 2013 by edward
decently sharp out of the box, strong blades, good finish.
the handle wrap is done well and stylish. Read more