Reviews and Ratings for CAS Hanwei Chinese Warlord Broadsword Dadao - SH1012

CAS Hanwei Chinese Warlord Broadsword Dadaorated 4.500 stars out of 5 (2 reviews)
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CAS Hanwei Chinese Warlord Broadsword Dadao


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CAS Hanwei Chinese Warlord Broadsword Dadao
rated 5 stars out of 5
Honolulu, HI
Jun 17, 2019
Pros: Usable, Overall Quality, Blade Material, Materials
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None

Meat and potatoes XL knife/sword

Great historical piece had at a fair price. Item arrived well- packed in a slim cardboard box within a larger, padded box, was still easy to unwrap. Everything was ready to go and pretty self- explanatory, quite a utilitarian but in my eyes beautiful item: the blade was well- shaped, of a good thickness and well- frosted in order to help discourage pitting/spot- rusting. The scales consist of a dark- stained wood and the s- shaped guard is tough brass that's stuck on tightly. While the hilt wrapping is nylon, it's a quite attractive red hue that is at least attested in the historical records. Ring shaped pommel seems to be made of a raw, unfinished steel, different in texture than the blade. I like the item weight, not as beefy as some other dadao replicas and easy to shift your grip or swing around without totally feeling like a battle axe. The scabbard is simple to use, I wish it came with a shoulder strap but I could see how Hanwei might've viewed this thing falling out of it as some sort of legal liability. I appreciate the nylon being less amenable to rusting than the leather versions other dadaos come with. This big knife cuts with ease, didn't give it a torture test but it seems to handle your standard fruits & veggies reasonably enough and came out of the box fairly sharp; it even seems to handle a machete field sharpener fairly well, sort of like a big parang. All in all a marvelous beater blade and a real affordable piece of military history!
CAS Hanwei Chinese Warlord Broadsword Dadao
rated 4 stars out of 5
Al The Dadao Ren
Oct 07, 2020
Pros: Handle Material, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None

Nicely finished Dadao but too thin

I bought my Hanwei Dadao almost 30 years ago, actually I bought two and I still have both in my collection. Upon receipt of these dadaos, I admired the nice finishes and fittings of the blade and handle. When i went to practice swinging the blade, I founded it to be quite light weight and the blade to be thinner than I had expected. I collect several other brands/types of Chinese dadao and their blades are substantially thicker than the Hanwei dadao. In fact some of the World War 2 era dadao blades are twice as thick and heavy as the Hanwei. From my perspective, this Hanwei design is designed for light weight training and chopping. A similar dadao I sold to my friend who tested it by chopping coconut tree trunk cracked the blade. Other more substantial dadaos are much more sturdy than this Hanwei blade. I kept my blades for practice of using a lighter dadao to facilitate foot movements and faster swings. Although the blade is very sharp, I would very much hesitate to use it as a combat blade, as it's thin blade can be easily be compromised by a heavier blade or by a baseball bat. All in all, it is a nicely finished and sharp blade and is suitable for practice, but be careful of using it in a similar manner as a real dadao. The other dadaos I collected range in weight to over 3 lbs to 4 lbs in weight. The dadaos as used in WW2 by the Chinese needed to be a heavy weight chopper used to deflect and block a japonese rifle/bayonet attack and then followup by lobbing off a head. This Hanwei dadao will not suffice for that.