Recoil - - Unusual Suspects - BY PA­TRICK VUONG

Asia’s his­tory was carved out in large part by fierce war­riors. Mon­gols. Samu­rai. Shaolin monks. Sikh war­riors. Per­sian Im­mor­tals. Tac­ti­cal mall nin­jas — OK, maybe not that last one. But there’s no doubt that this re­gion birthed some of the might­i­est mil­i­tary cul­tures.

So, in a RE­COIL first, we’re tak­ing a sharper look at big blades from yes­ter­year that have been used on the bat­tle­field or been in­spired by those that have.

But note that this buyer’s guide isn’t com­pre­hen­sive. There have been way too many swords crafted by too many civ­i­liza­tions over too many cen­turies across the big­gest con­ti­nent on Earth to in­clude them all here. This is just a small slice (pun in­tended!) of the countless cut­ting in­stru­ments cre­ated in that con­ti­nent.

Se­condly, we ex­cluded crappy repli­cas made from ques­tion­able ma­te­ri­als and sold by shady re­tail­ers. In­stead, we chose to fo­cus on faith­ful recre­ations or in­no­va­tive swords in­spired by Asian themes that come from rep­utable man­u­fac­tur­ers only. Read on to see if there’s a his­tor­i­cal edged weapon that makes the cut for you.

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