What is the function of the rings on broadswords?

Posted by zhang 07/09/2018 1 Comment(s)
We often see the broadswords with rings on the blade back in the movie and TV series. Some broadswords are usually named after the number of rings. There are indeed ring-broadswords in ancient weapons, but what is the function of the rings?
1. Inertia, adjust the center of gravity, increase the slashing and lethality.
When the broadsword is erected, the rings hang down, and the center of gravity of the sword will be offset in the direction of the hand, so that the hand can control the whole sword.
When slashing with force, the rings will move forward with inertia, and the center of gravity of the sword will shift toward the direction of the cutter head, thus increasing the slashing and lethality.
2. Forestall the enemy by a show of strength, shocking and intimidating the enemy.
When confronted with the enemy, shake the ring, make a creaking sound, and publicize your voice to shock and intimidate the enemy.
3. Be confident and never stab in the back.
The martial arts masters are usually very confident in their martial arts. When they compete with their opponents, they dance their broadswords in their hands and shake the ring to make a sound, indicating that he is a bright and straightforward match with his opponent, and never hurt anyone with a stab in the back.
4. Hook the ring, easy to draw the sword.
When cutting vigorously, some wide and heavy swords are easy to cut in but can not be drawed out. This situation will also be encountered when we cut wood and bones in our lives.  When the ring broadsword is cut in very deep, it is very difficult to pull out the sword by gripping the handle. At this time, you can use the finger of the other hand to hook the ring and forcefully draw the sword together.
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1 Comment(s)

11/04/2020, 04:19:55 AM

There is no way the rings moving forward or back create any appreciable difference in the sword's power or handling, I seriously doubt the rings were anything other than ornamental.

13/06/2020, 09:41:28 AM

I disagree...let's not forget they the rings themselves are made of metal, meaning that it has some weight, although light, it can still affect the center of gravity of the sword...balance a ruler for example, if you add a penny on one side, it shifts...same principle...

04/08/2020, 06:57:49 PM

Just because it has weight does not mean it will have any significant impact on the cutting power. Sure it will alter the center of balance slightly, but we're talking on the scale of a few millimeters, perhaps centimeters, forward or back. Such a difference will do little more than making it slightly more top-heavy, and more difficult to wield while providing no noticeable increase to cutting capability.

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