The Ronin War Sword

Knives Illustrated - - Fifth In A Series -

“Un­der­stand, there isn’t one blade that is per­fect for this com­pe­ti­tion. Af­ter co-host­ing on ‘KOD’ Sea­son 1, I had my per­sonal idea of the con­struc­tion, ge­om­e­try and sharp­ness needed in a blade to ex­cel in this type of com­pe­ti­tion. I had an idea, but I needed to find my blade maker. So, I de­cided to go to my first blade show hosted in At­lanta.

Af­ter talk­ing to a few blade smiths, I de­cided to trust the con­struc­tion of my blade with a tal­ented blade­smith named James Helm from a com­pany named Helm Forge. I re­mem­ber him draw­ing down my ideas on a small notepad, and what came out of this draw­ing was ‘The Ronin War Sword.’

This long-han­dle blade was in­flu­enced by the yem Nguyet—a Viet­namese pole arm. The blade’s ge­om­e­try was in­flu­enced by the Korean kyeopdo and Chi­nese pu­dao, while the spine has a re­curve like a Nepalese ram-dao.

The Ronin War Sword was based on my study of the ‘KOD’ course, and I de­signed the ge­om­e­try of the blade for hack­ing, chop­ping and slash­ing—with a spine re­curve to hook free float­ing ob­jects.” —Tu Lam

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