Buick Yip & EWC - Full Tang Modern Chopper Butterfly Swords
If you need a quality pair of training swords at a great price, then look no further.
These swords are the latest from a collaboration between Buick Yip and Everything Wing Chun that goes back several years. This is the 7th model of Buick Yip swords, of which EWC has helped collaborate on 5. Like all the others, this sword is a limited edition that will sell out. While Buick gets all of the credit for designing and making these, EWC insisted on several important features to be included before we would add our name. This is the first sword we've made with Buick and put our own name on it. On top of the quality you've come to expect from Buick, the following features are EWC's additions:
First, we insisted on using real weapon's makers to produce the swords this time. Previous models by kitchen knife factories and blacksmiths were all good, but we wanted to make sure that the people we used for this had experience with swords.
Second, we insisted that the swords be full-tang. This way the blade could never come loose. All modern production swords (with the exception of our Ultimate flagship line) cut corners in this area and make swords that are dangerous for real training. A full hidden tang goes all the way to the base of the sword.
Third, we wanted a few changes to the D-Guard and quillon (slimmer D-guard and longer quillon) based on customers feedback from the previous model. We also wanted the lenticular grind on the blades instead of a hollow-grind. The rest of the design was Buick's, including the unique handle, ricasso, and etc.
Lastly, we wanted a price range that was affordable. Our Flagship line of swords (priced at $399+) are high-end swords and an absolute steal at $399 (these swords easily sell for $800+). Even so, we know that $400 is a bit steep in this economy, so we wanted to introduce this mid-level sword for a great price. At $199 we think these swords are the best production sword on the market for under $250. It is the only solid training blade and only full-tang production sword on the market (out side of EWC's other swords, of course). If you cannot afford our flagship line of swords, do not want to have to upkeep the blades as much, or just want a solid blade for training, then these are what we recommend.
These blades have a ricasso. They have full handles for safety in training and the edge is 1-2mm thick and blunt. The tips are blunted for safety as well.
Etched into the right blade are the characters for "Wing Chun", on the left is "Bot Jarm Do". The text is vertically displayed, in the traditional Chinese manner.
The swords come with a nylon case that has a belt loop so you can wear them around if you like.
These swords can be flipped.
Blade length: 30 cm
Overall length: 42 cm
Blade width (at handguard): 6.3cm
Blade width (at widest point): 7.3cm
Sword weight: .85kg (1lb 13oz) per sword. 1.70kg (3.7 or 3 lb 11oz) per pair.
Blade Steel: 420 Stainless Steel (EWC Note: This is great for maintenance - you don't have to do much and they won't rust, but the blades can dent if hit hard, etc)
D-Guard: Stainless Steel