Comparison of three daos: fig. one: from top to bottom, Zheng Wutang saber, Kris Cutlery dao II, antique Niuweidao from the end of XIXth century.
|total length||blade length||pob||weight||Distal taper|
|Kris Cutlery dao II||73,5 cm||18 cm||930g||little|
|Antique||83,5cm||69 cm||18 cm||660g||strong|
The two modern dao (that seem to be a mix of liuye dao and yanmao dao) are heavy in the hand, and have few maneuvrability. Antique dao (note that i have no proof that it is not a fake) is easy to handle and very quick. If i have to defend my life i should choose this one.