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[CUSTOM] Wing Chun Butterfly Swords: 5-SIFU
CUSTOM ORDER 5-Sifu Butterfly Swords  (Grandmaster William Cheung Traditional Wing Chun)

 
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Custom Order the first butterfly swords (that we know of) expertly designed specifically for the Grandmaster William Cheung Traditional Wing Chun lineage. They will stab, cut, and execute a back cut. The blade is Searle's bowie style in the format made popular and done so well by custom knife maker Bruce Bump. The D-Guard is an entirely new trapper design intended to improve both trapping and hand protection. Learn More >>
List Price: $1,099.00
Our Price: $600.00
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Availability: CUSTOM MADE [5 MONTHS]
Product Code: BJD_MOD_EWC-5SIFU


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5-Sifu Wing Chun Butterfly Swords

Special Order: This is a special custom order for a pair of our 5-Sifu line of swords. The wait time is currently 5 months. We are proud to offer these swords at this price/wait time. It is a fraction of the cost/wait to get a high-quality custom sword made anywhere else. Your order will include shipping to your door, but not any VAT/Border/Import taxes.

This listing is a work in progress. While you can find what most of the options are by looking at other swords on the site some options we don't have pictures of (yet). Please email with any questions.
These were designed based on input from Sifu Carmelino Huang Guiao II and four other instructors from the Grandmaster William Cheung lineage. Grandmaster Cheung had said that he liked the Hung Gar Long Stabbers but wanted something a bit more pointy. We think these fit the bill.

They look sharp at a distance but are blunts intended for training. The tip has also been softened.

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These weapons-grade trainers are the first butterfly swords (that we know of) expertly designed specifically for the Grandmaster William Cheung Traditional Wing Chun lineage. They will stab, cut, and execute a back cut. The blade is Searle's bowie style in the format made popular and done so well by custom knife maker Bruce Bump. The D-Guard is an entirely new trapper design intended to improve both trapping and hand protection. Since these swords do not flip, there is no wasted space in the knucklebow. The butt is rounded and heavy steel to facilitate bashing. The ergonomic handle is straight to accommodate the back cut and percussion chops versus armor. Note the flat area underneath the choil. It was designed as a blade stop and actually curves forward in a manner integrated with the choil. You will see el-cheapo Chinese junk with a flat area under the blade that was, in our opinion, intended for manufacturing convenience rather than specifically designed as a feature.

A hidden tang runs from blade to butt, where it is excellently peaned. The tang is blade steel until, according to the forge, the last 1.5 inches, then it is welded rod. In technical terms, this is both a full tang (but not an American-style full tang) and a rat-tail tang but not the kind folks should look down on. The hidden tang hollow is filled with resin. This tang is a heck of a lot better than the tang on antique butterfly swords.

The scallop under the quillon is to assist trapping; it will not fit a hand. These are trapping only!

Specific Specs For This Sword (as Pictured):
Series: PREMIUM Line.

Blade Steel: 420HC Stainless Steel, Approx. 56 HRC
Blade Grind: Wide Hollow Grind on both primary cutting edge and swage bevels .
Blade Thickness: 4mm at ricasso
Tip: Pointy but softened
Blade Sharpness: Blunt. Approx. 2mm thick for the primary cutting edge. Swage tapers from 4mm near quillon to 3mm near the tip. All cutting edge corners softened.
Blade Finish: Glossy
Blade Ricasso/Choil: These swords have a Ricasso and Choil.
Blade Fuller: None
Blade Tapers: N/A

Tang: Hidden Full Tang (the handle hides the full tang).
D-Guard Metal: AISI 304 Stainless Steel, cast.
Knuckle-Bow: Minimizes surplus space, designed for a trapper.

Handle Material: Black/Greenish Laminated Stabilized Wood (designed to prevent cracking over time). There may be some grey or reddish color.
Handle Angle/Alignment: Straight Handle. The tip is above handle axis.
Handle Shape: Ergonomic with Belly and Palm-Swell.
Handle Type: Full Handles
Flipping vs Trapping: Trapping only. Cannot be held in reverse grip.

Sword Weight: Combat Weight - Each sword weighs approx 1 lbs 9.8 oz (733 grams) per sword. This is just the AVERAGE across all the swords of this model. Because they are handmade, swords in a pair can vary modestly in weight.

Blade Length: Approx. 14 1/16 inches measured along the spine from the front of the D-Guard to the tip
Total Length: Approx. 19 3/8 inches

Notes: These swords are hand-made. No two swords are perfectly identical. Small variations in the measurements are typical. Please read #2 under "Things you should know" and "Not Product Defects" under the warranty for more information.
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