I was interested in three measures: (1) the inside length of the shaft or handle protected by the individual crescent hand guards (4.5″ for the Sun Moon Spear; otherwise 4″) (2) the gap between the crescent hand guards (3/4″ for the horse blocking knife; 4″ for the butterfly wing and 5″ for the Sun Moon Spear) and (3) the distance between the two furthest connectors between the shaft and the crescents (14″ for the Horse Blocking Knife; 17.5″ otherwise).
ax, bagua saber, butterfly wing, flail, Gold coin spade, halberd, horse blocking knife, kwan dao, long pole, long sword, Miao Dao saber, monk's spade, nine point rake, pu dao, spear, sun moon spear, trident, wolf tooth mace
While the painting of the white box is going on I have been thinking about what to use as a liner. Among the candidates are blankets, towels, sheets, cardboard and bubble-wrap. The goals are to minimize dings and dents in the weapons, not add too much more weight, and be quick and cheap to replace.
I may build two similar-sized experimental boxes – one out of PVC and one out of wire mesh. I have not found a cart big enough – 12″ or more higher, 24″ wide and 48″ long.
Next up at some point would be one or two boxes for long weapons – probably one box for weapons 48 to 72 inches long and one box for weapons longer than 72 inches. I have 20 of the former: 11 are staffs plus a bagua big saber, a Miao Dao saber, a flail, a long sword, a spear, a gold coin spade, and three hybrid weapons (butterfly wing, sun moon spear, horse blocking knife). I have 17 of the latter: eight are kwan daos; a nine-point rake, trident, a halberd, a long-handled ax, a pu dao, a wolf tooth mace, a gold coin snake spade, a monk’s spade, and a lau gar long pole.
are long weapon versus either short weapon or double short weapons. For example, with pu dao versus saber what we really have is a contest between two saber blades with speed and perhaps a little more precision on the part of the saber and reach and probably slightly more hitting power on the part of the pu dao. There would be the question of whether the juncture where the pu dao blade joins the staff holds up as well. Can the staff of the pu dao successfully block a saber cut? There’s the additional consideration that the lower end of the pu dao can also deliver a strike as well as a block. I have never seen a weapon that we might describe as a double-headed pu dao – a saber blade on each end. It is also possible to enhance the staff section of the pu dao with crescent moon guards or spikes that could not only serve to deflect slashes (presumably aimed at a hand or maybe just the staff/handle itself) but could also be dangerous – we hope for the opponent only – during close encounters. As before, adding the weight for guards and spikes is trading some speed and flexibility for tactical advantages. Hybrid weapons like the horse-blocking knife and the sun-moon swords add the crescent moons, but I have never heard of a pu dao, which would have a longer, heavier blade, with such additions.
When the opponent has double short weapons the tactical situation for the pu dao wielder is not so simple: just bashing aside the enemy blade and lunging in is very likely to encounter enemy blade number 2. This means preference should be given to beating aside the enemy’s right hand blade (for example) NOT outside to the enemy’s right and your left, but rather the other direction.
There’s not much effort put into long weapons blade or head design in terms of seeking to entangle (and presumably wrench away or snap) an enemy blade.