Titanium-niobium alloy forged sword: miao dao

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  1. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Here is a sword I'm calling a miao dao, the type I had in mind when it was being made. The miao dao was made in China in response to Japanese pirate squads who were raiding an area of the coastline, so I read. The miao dao, or "sprout sword" was a large katana-like object with a bit of an up-kick toward the tip, like a sprout. I mean what better to combat raiding Japanese pirates with katanas, than with a bigger katana thing, right? Makes sense to me. :D

    This one is quite small for a miao dao, with 26.5" of stiff blade protruding from the habaki. It is mounted in Japanese style. The mount was made for the blade by a professional of the Japanese sword arts, and the titanium alloy handguard was a gift from Dan Keffeler that complimented the blade well, I thought.

    The narrow blade is forged from Titanium-Niobium alloy bar stock, still my favorite alloy to use for a sword. The bare blade weighs 12.6 ounces, and has a steep distal thickness taper, and does get narrower as it approaches the tip, although it doesn't look like it. It's too light and skinny to be tackling large mats, but does well on stiffer, narrower targets. It's extremely quick in the hand. The scabbard mounter, who tested it, even commented that it handles like a Chinese sword.

    The mount is meant to be a combo of a resting mount and a battle mount. It's a "reinforced resting mount on steroids" that can be used to cut. Parts are wood and copper, and the saya includes a horn kurigata.

    Here is a short vid clip of cutting a cardboard tube with the sword:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B8Z8lJnHwRw/

    And without further ado, some pics!

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  2. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Absolutely stunning Sammy! Are you going to have this at Blade or is it off to the lucky owners?
     
  3. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Thanks much! Don't think I'll make it to Blade this year, unfortunately. As for the sword, it has no owner yet...it wasn't an order, I just wanted to make it.
     
  4. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    Damn that's sexy AF!:thumbsup:
     
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  5. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Ty sir! :>)
     
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  6. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    Nice work!
     
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  7. 'Iokua

    'Iokua Gold Member Platinum Member Gold Member

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    Oct 9, 2016
    Top shelf work!! AWESOME!
    what kind of wood is that?
     
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  8. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    So cool!
     
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  9. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013

    Thankee! I think it's alder.
     
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  10. flatblackcapo

    flatblackcapo Part time maker, very very part time Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 25, 2012
    Super clean! :thumbsup:
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  11. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    oh f...,

    that is completely badarse and awesome. love it.
     
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  12. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013

    It is so fun even just to draw from the scabbard and re-sheath. I can see why people get obsessive about the Japanese system of sword mounting. It starts to displace everything else. I think I've been mind-poisoned by this thing.
     
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