Weapons - Pu Dao 樸刀
Other names: horse cutting knife (zhan ma dao), General Chai Yang long-handled knife, long hilt broadsword, nagamaki (Japanese), hyeopdo (Korean), Bandit Knife
taught: Hung Gar (Grandmaster Wing Lam); Shaolin (Grandmaster
Wing Lam, Shi Deyang)
Recommendations: learn saber and staff first. Cost: varies from $60 to $130 or more.
Ted Mancuso's book and DVD about this weapon (The Bandit Knife: Kung Fu's Rebellious Weapon) is available at www.plumpub.com - worth one's while. Note to photographers: this is actually a nine-ring Pu dao here but because of the angle of the blade with respect to the light and the camera, detail is being lost along the left edge of the blade.
For any historians or expert translators in the audience I interpret 樸 (Pu) as 'plain' or 'simple' in contrast to the more ornate shape of the Kwan dao's blade.
In 2018 there was a survey on Pu Dao usage - may be on allcounted.com
For some experiments with using Zhan Ma Dao, Goose Wing saber and Ghost Head saber blades on long
handles as alternatives to the Pu Dao blades shown below click here
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