The Ronin War Sword
“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