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37 Inch Chinese Broadsword Review

Anyone interested in Chinese history or about swords in general should consider purchasing the 37 inch Chinese broadsword. This sword has a long history in Chinese culture and has spread from it’s origins to influence the sword designs of many other cultures over the centuries. This sword is a great collectors item whether they you’ve been collecting swords for years or if you’re just starting your collection.

This weapon is often referred to as a Chinese broadsword because of the wide blade is the English translation for the sword but it is actually called a dao in Chinese meaning knife or any single edged blade.Cheap Jerseys china These knifes are mostly used for cutting and slashing attacks instead of stabbing attacks. One of the common styles seen is the 37 inch Chinese broadsword which has a comfortable balance and can be displayed or used in combat.

The oldest known dao come from China’s bronze age during the Shang Dynasty. These were called zhibei dao or straight backed knives. Generally straight bladed or slightly curved, this weapon was usually made of bronze but were often made of iron or steel as early as the time of the Warring States.

It was during the Han Dynasty that the dao became a popular choice with infantry troops, eventually replacing the jian as a standard issue weapon because of sturdiness and better chopping abilities. Eventually the dao were exported to Korea and Japan beginning in the Tang Dynasty, greatly influencing sword making in both countries.

Some common features of the dao are the moderately curved single edged blade and sometimes the back edge of the blade has a few inches sharpened on it as well. Hilts are canted and may also be pierced for lanyards, however modern swords usually have tassels or scarves instead for performances. Most handles are wrapped in cord hiding the handle. The guard is a particularly useful style usually disc shaped like a cup so that no water can get in the sheath and prevents blood dripping down the handle causing you to lose your grip.

The invasion of Mongols during the Yuan dynasty greatly influenced the design of weapons long after the Yuan Dynasty had collapsed. Blades that had a greater curvature became increasingly popular eventually spawning new styles of the sword that became known as the pei dao. There are four main styles of pei dao these styles being the yanmao dao or goose quill sabre, the liuye dao or willow leaf sabre, pian dao or slashing sabre, and the niuweidao commonly called the oxtail sabre.

In addition to these four pei daos is the dun dao or short dao. Each one of these styles has their own distinct characteristics and are favored for different uses from military use, martial art schools, and even in the kung fu movies that we have all come to love and enjoy.

So as you can see when you purchase a 37 inch Chinese broadsword, it is like buying a piece of Chinese history. This sword is not only an excellent conversation piece when displayed but also an effective weapon with a rich history of use.

Annandale Speakers annual meeting report

THE DECEMBER 15 meeting of the Annandale Speakers in the Queens Hotel got off to a prompt start.

President Joe Glass welcomed everyone and looked forward to an evening of good speaking and comradeship.

Mr Speaker for the evening was an elder statesmen, Ronnie Callander, who took to the task of introducing the speakers with a measure of pertinent remarks and good humour.

First to the rostrum was Jack Forrest whose spoke to the title of “Perfect Day”.

Jack unfolded his account of a perfect day permeated with humour and in a strong confident voice. He recounted how as a farmer the weather had much to do with having a perfect day and that this last year there had been only a few of them. However there were other opportunities to be involved with the perfect day and among those were the opportunity to be part of a local Ecclefechan/Lockerbie band, the enjoyment of a trip to Canada and above all was the perfect day when he married.

Ronnie introduced, with a reference to Cicero, George Gilhooly with his title “Three Wise” which turned out to be dissertation on the number three.

Three was a perfect number, it has a beginning, middle and an end just what a good speech should have. He then advised us about the pawnbroker’s sign having three brass balls introduced by Lombard’s bank.

The next three surrounded the celebration of the birth of a child and the three wise men of the east with their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Then there was the tale of the Three Wise Men of Gotham Notts. Such was their vanity that they reckoned that every one who passed through the town was stupid. As for wise men where better to look than those compatriots who were “The Last of The Summer Wine”

Drew Armstrong was next to offer his “Bearing Gifts.”

This was a cautionary tale to beware those who apparently bear gifts in case there is a ‘but’ with them. Drew cited the gift of the wooden horse to the Trojans who found that the contents were not in any way a gift. He expressed reservation of the adoption of changes in the English NHS, the privatisation of GP practices funded by firms with connections to medical research.

He continued with questioning how balanced the press were in presenting views of others. Banner headlines on the apparent horrific lack of patient care in some hospitals which were reported by the Patients Association, a group largely resourced by funders of health care, and yet there was only a token mention of the statement by the Commonwealth Fund that across the world Britain had the most effective and efficient health service care second only to Switzerland.

Topics ably lead by Drew Taylor along with Bruce Edensor, Clive Thawley, Brian Shaw, Martin Wilkinson, David Bell, John Reid and Clifford Corton continued after everyone had tea or coffee and some of Mrs Gilhooly’s delicious shortbread.

The fourth speaker was Ian Hale on the subject “Goose versus Turkey”.

It gave him much food for thought. Goose he was sure had too much grease and that caused him to recollect some slippery moments in Italy where if you leave a restaurant without paying you could be apprehended by the Fiscal Police and challenged to produce your receipt. Failure to do so meant both you and the restaurant owner going to jail.

He thought that the Greeks too had been a bit greasy massaging the figures for their entry to the European community. Turkey was a different country. It had more difficult regulations to comply with and flying in by the main airline was not the most comfortable of journeys. Planes had worrying features and some passengers’ quixotic ideas about how to behave when flying. It was much better to have a Lear Jet at your disposal. It afforded you a private airport and an arrival or departure time as you wished.

Turkey offered a much better feast than the greasy goose.

Frank Farrell spoke at some length about events which he thought were “Crackers”.

He was not encouraged by the amount of red tape and fees which one had to pay when buying or selling a house. It was crackers. He warmed to his theme when he assailed us with the distaste he had for all the jargonese which currently surrounds large public funding projects.

Economists were also crackers being equivalent to stage magicians. He went on to suggest how vulnerable we all are to the thought of making more money into much more and related this greed to the wealth created by the Mad of Ponsie schemes. He warmed us to pay attention to the payment structures which follow our investment, a fault he suggested the public bodies were prone to adopt. He concluded with total exasperation at the complexities of planning permission. It was all crackers .

Final speaker for the evening, Ken Morland, addressed his subject “Stuff Christmas” with his usual fervour.

Ken advanced the thought that Christmas, the event celebrated by many, was not for him. However he looked forward to the family gatherings on Christmas and Boxing Day.

His early recollections were of visiting the “in laws” one at lunch followed by the other for dinner where his calorie count was estimated at 4000 calories at each feast with no options to say ‘No’. He was “stuffed” for days. Today he now prepares Christmas dinner with a fondness for a deep pan meal. He completed his Stuffed Christmas with a parody on how to prepare a turkey.

The critic thanked everyone who took part in providing the company with excellent speeches and topics. The evening concluded with the timekeeper Bryan Curry expressing the thanks of the company to Mr Speaker, Mr Topics Master and Mr Critic Sandy Grant.

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