Sai

The Sai is a weapon from Okinawa, which is used in Karate or Kobudo. Sai are used as a weapon in the Chinese Wushu, the Indonesian / Malaysian Silat, in Vietnamese Co Vo Dao Vu khi Thuat and the Indian Kalarippayat. The basic form of the weapon is that of a pointed, prong shaped metal baton, with two curved prongs called yoku projecting from the handle. The offered Sais are all made from one piece of steel, and are thus full-contact-ready.

Sai 45,5cm

Sai 45,5cm

Detail 31,00 € In stock

Sai 49,5cm black

Sai 49,5cm black

Detail 31,00 € In stock

Sai 49cm

Sai 49cm

Detail 33,00 € In stock

Sai 54,5cm

Sai 54,5cm

Detail 34,00 € In stock

Sai is generally used in pairs. There are many types of sai with varying prongs for trapping and blocking.

Parts of the sai are

  • Monouchi, the shaft of the sai, this can be round or faceted.
  • Yoku, the prong like side guards which are usually symmetrical but the manji design developed by Taira Shinken employs oppositely-facing yoku resembling a Buddhist symbol, the reverse swastika (manji) from which it takes its name.
  • Tsume, the tip of the side guard (yoku).
  • Moto, the actual center point between the two side guards (yoku).
  • Tsuka, the handle of the sai. The tsuka can be wrapped with different materials such as cord or ray skin (same) to provide a grip.
  • Tsukagashira, the butt end of the handle (tsuka).
  • Saki, the tip or point of the sai which is usually blunt and not pointed.

Advisory Service: Questions and Answers

What is the difference between industrially rolled and hand-forged blades?

In the case of hand-forged blades, our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it by hand on the anvil or under the drop hammer. The steel gets more solid (denser) by forging. In the case of industrially rolled spring steel blades, the sheets of steel plate is cut to strips under drop snips, then ground or milled and immediately forged into the annealing furnace and oil-quenched. The properties of both kinds of steels are not very different, since industrial rolling is already very good! On forged blades are usually blacksmith marks, which give them an authentic and unique look.

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