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Prior to World War II, the Butterfly Sword was virtually unknown outside of southern China. This changed at the close of the 1940's, when the Communists took control of mainland China, forcing many Kung Fu masters to flee the oppressive regime and establish new schools elsewhere. Currently, due to the spread of Kung Fu, the once obscure swords have become so popular that they transcend many geographic boundaries and many martial styles.
They are popular because, compared to other swords, they have so much to offer in a relatively small package. Typically, Butterfly Swords come in pairs that are cleverly nested together so they appear to be one sword not two. When they are drawn, they can be quickly separated and wielded in both hands to make wickedly effective chops, slashes and thrusts. Because Butterfly Swords are equipped with a unique "D" shaped guard, they offer a lot of protection to the hand and enable a skilled practitioner to effectively oppose enemies wielding much longer weapons.
The battle worthy blades are 15" long and 25/8" wide. They are hand forged out of 1050 high carbon steel and given a spring temper. A mirror polished finish and razor sharp edge ensure that they will shear through flesh and bone with equal aplomb!
The handsome slip-proof grip features carefully selected hardwood covered with attractively braided cord. The "D" shaped guard has a long forward quillion, so it can both deflect and trap various opposing weapons.
Finally, the Butterfly Swords are complemented with an attractive leather scabbard, designed specially to accept both Butterfly Swords.