The Miao dao (苗刀) is a Chinese two-handed saber that came to some prominence about 100 years ago. As can be seen in the image below (of Wang Zhihai, famed for his Green Dragon form), the blade is long (up to 1.2 meters), narrow, and has a long hilt. The word ‘Miao’ describes a long, skinny rice sprout. The word has nothing to do with the Maio (also known as Hmong) peoples: given their unfortunate history, good swords and better swordsmanship would have been useful. There are earlier Chinese long sabers such as Zhan ma dao and Chang dao, whose relationship to the Miao dao is difficult to clarify. At any rate, Miao dao is found today in at least Tong Bei and Pi Qua.

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