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Chinese War Sword: Dadao

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by viper2788, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. viper2788

    viper2788

    73
    Jul 19, 2012
    Currently I'm looking to get the CAS Hanwei Dadao which runs online for about $130. I've also seen the Cold Steel demos about their Chinese war sword, but they sell for over $500! I'm looking to spend no more than $300 for a decent dadao... can someone give me any suggestions? Also if you own any, a quick review would also be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. BePrepared

    BePrepared

    Aug 26, 2010
    before you spend that much, look at the new condor dadao

    At the price ($85ish) you can afford to get one in your hand, play with it, and see if that's really the sword type you want

    it's also full tang and built like a russian battle tank

    [​IMG]
     
  3. viper2788

    viper2788

    73
    Jul 19, 2012
    Looks pretty good. I read a few threads on here regarding dadaos and one thing that bothers me is the welded pommel ring... well it looked horrendous on one of the hanwei dadaos... i think it was their military version. Anyone know anuything about the pommel on the condor?

    Either way, $85 is a hella good price =)
     
  4. BePrepared

    BePrepared

    Aug 26, 2010
    yes, it's an integral pommel ring. Not welded. it's actually part of the tang.

    IMHO, the condor version is superior to anything i can find up to several times the cost.
     
  5. bnolsen

    bnolsen

    12
    Jul 5, 2012
    grrr...I finally decided to bite on the condor (no thanks to you guys). The other half will probably kill me for it. I need to find a nice way/place to hang these swords. It also looks like the price is creeping up (and stock going down) on these as well.
     
  6. David Stifle

    David Stifle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 20, 2008
    Can anyone tell me what the steel is on the condor?
     
  7. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    1075, like the rest of their carbon steel machetes and knives. :)
     
  8. BePrepared

    BePrepared

    Aug 26, 2010
    they tell me it's 1075. I don't know if i believe them. it doesn't PERFORM like 1075...

    It performs just exactly as well as 1095crovan in my Boomslang
     
  9. viper2788

    viper2788

    73
    Jul 19, 2012
    Alright you guys got me sold lol I have one on the way =) And considering I was going to spend around $300, this one almost seems free!

    I'm also looking for another, bigger one. Anybody seen the movie "Fearless" with Jet Li? Theres a fight scene at night and this bald guy holds the meanest, baddest looking dadao with rings. Heres some pics:

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    Do they have functional swords like that on production?

    edit: The photos dont capture the size very well... this thing is HUGE
    found a video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHgXcIfCyR0
     
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2012
  10. BePrepared

    BePrepared

    Aug 26, 2010
    just remember, jet lee used those rings to disarm his opponent... :D
     
  11. horseclover

    horseclover

    Nov 21, 2000
  12. gomipile

    gomipile

    Apr 17, 2010
    I haven't seen a single production or semi-production Dadao with a blade on the long side of traditional models(3 feet, that is. )

    I know of a way to make one, but the steel cost would be a lot since it'd have to be air hardening for my preferred HT shop to consider touching it.
     
  13. bnolsen

    bnolsen

    12
    Jul 5, 2012
    I just got mine (condor dynasty dadao) in the mail yesterday. It's definitely a compact beast, pretty solid, balance is forward in the blade even with the long(ish) handle. As noted the pommel ring is definitely part of the tang. Very sweet!

    Initial thoughts:

    Pros:
    - It's definitely solid and well made. A thing of beauty in its roughness.

    Cons:
    - Seems a bit small at first.
    - As delivered it's not suitable for thrusting. The end is not sharpened, only cut off and polished.
    - The hilt is a bit skinny for my tastes. I wish the wood were more rounded instead of squared. Wrapping in paracord should help with that.
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2012
  14. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Dadaos are not really known for their thrusting ability. You can do it if you have to, but it's certainly not what the pattern was designed for. :)
     
  15. bnolsen

    bnolsen

    12
    Jul 5, 2012
    However some dadaos are actually able to thrust, those with a harder curve (like the cold steel).
     
  16. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Yes. Just definitely not its forte, so to speak.
     
  17. woody d

    woody d Banned BANNED

    Jan 29, 2010
    are you gonna get any in stock in the future 42?...for whatever reason, I WANT ONE
     
  18. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Oh I definitely will be--as soon as more are available! It's a fun one for sure. :)
     
  19. BePrepared

    BePrepared

    Aug 26, 2010
    those things just BEG for a 30 degree inclusive convex
     
  20. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    That's pretty close to what I put on Dakine's. :D
     

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