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Developed in response to requests from Wushu practitioners for swords with ultra-flexible blades, the Practical Wushu (SH2062) sword from Hanwei has a spring steel blade that tapers to almost paper-thin at the tip. The light weight (barely one pound) of the sword makes it extremely fast in skilled hands.
Premium quality made by Hanwei (Paul Chen).
Specifications may slightly vary from piece to piece.
In the case of hand-forged blade our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it with hand on the anvil or under the monkey (drop hammer). By forging becomes the steel more compacted (denser). Industrially rolled spring steel blades are made by cutting steel plate into strips under drop shears. Then they are ground or milled/grooved and without further forging directly put into the annealing furnace and hardened in oil bath. The qualities of both kinds of blades do not differ from each other much since the industrial rolling is already very good. On forged blades usually have forge traces, which give them an authentic and unique look.