Liuyedao

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Liuyedao
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A 17th–18th century liuyedao with gilt iron fittings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art[1]
Traditional Chinese 柳葉刀
Simplified Chinese 柳叶刀
Literal meaning willow leaf knife

The liuyedao is a type of dao that was commonly used as a military sidearm for both cavalry and infantry during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Many schools of Chinese martial arts originally trained with this weapon.[2] This weapon features a moderate curve along the length of the blade. This reduces thrusting ability (though it is still fairly effective at same) while increasing the power of cuts and slashes. It weighs from two to three pounds, and is 36 to 39 inches long.

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  1. ^ Tom 2001, pp. 217–219.
  2. ^ Tom 2005, pp. 77-78

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  • Tom, Philip M. W. (2001). "Some Notable Sabers of the Qing Dynasty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art". Metropolitan Museum Journal. 36: 11, 207–222. doi:10.2307/1513063. 
  • Tom, Philip with Scott M. Rodell (February 2005). "An Introduction to Chinese Single-Edged Hilt Weapons (Dao) and Their Use in the Ming and Qing Dynasties". Kung Fu Tai Chi, pp. 76–85