What is the function of the rings on broadswords?

Posted by zhang 07/09/2018 7 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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7 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.

07/04/2021, 11:40:19 PM

They do not say the weight of the rings or the rings themselves cause the slash to be greater, its the POSITION of the rings when hanging or when thrusting. The position of the rings helps to indicate the sword blade is in the best position to penetrate your opponent's body.

28/11/2020, 09:06:00 AM

If you have a sword with rings and don't see a difference you have the wrong weight rings. Chances are it is ornamental. The momentum of the rings from the hanging position to whipping around as you strike downwards, hitting the back of the blade when you make contact with your target is noticeable. But if you test on something extremely dense you won't notice that much. If you test on ballistic gel you'll never question if it makes a difference again.

16/12/2020, 12:27:55 AM, Forgedinfire

According to forged in fire, the rings are there to ward off angry spirits with the sounds

15/02/2021, 07:35:59 PM

Hmm. I had always considered the rings to through out the balance of the weapon, and ad a small amount of weight in a disadvantageous way, to assist with training. Strengthen the wrist, induce more focus on control and so on. Granted, I've not trained with the 9-ring broadsword as of yet (I start a class next month), so I am speaking from a place of ignorance, but in practice swings and attempting to use the 9-ring win place of my normal dao, it does throw me off a bit.

19/02/2021, 03:00:43 AM

So, these city slickers think they know better than all the warriors of the last thousand years what works and what doesn't? Hah, must be retard day on hanbonforge! Ever had to wield a sword in battle? Ever had to pull a sword lodged in a head or into a torso? They don't come right back out. The rings will help you dislodge it. Also, there is a suction that takes place when you stick anything inside a human or animal body. That is why butcher knives and cleavers have holes in them. So the air can get in so you can pull them back out. The rings can serve a similar purpose. Obviously it's pretty gross so no one mentions it. When you are on a battlefield of 100s or thousands of enemies, you'll want that weapon back out in a twist and a pull a fraction of a second or you die. I always laugh at people who do no research but post erroneous bullshit on topics like this. There are so many of them these days. I call it the "Earl of Sandwich effect. When I was a kid I was told the Earl of Sandwich died from eating too many sandwiches when I asked how he died. Last bullshit I ever believed.

25/11/2021, 04:50:51 PM

You said:"That is why butcher knives and cleavers have holes in them. So the air can get in" Wrong! Those holes are a holdover from the days when most butchering was done at home out behind the barn. They were there so the knife or cleaver could be hung on a peg or a nail. They carried over into the neighborhood butcher shop where hooks were used. These days the magnetic strips available you'd be hard-pressed to find a commercial grade butcher knife with a hole in the blade

14/09/2021, 05:46:03 AM, www.stringtheory.com

Yeah, I'm not buying the inertia thing. You want center of gravity on a sword closer to the hilt, otherwise its just an axe that looks like a sword. This is an axe that looks like a sword. I think there is something to the jingling to ward evil spirits, these were typically superstitious people. The rings might be useful for pulling that heavy cleaver free of armor and flesh, but they might also be added for a bit of drag to prevent you from burying the blade too deep in flesh or light armor and getting it stuck. That was actually my first impression when I first saw a sword like this, that the rings were to counter the momentum of the sword when it goes deep, drag on the backside to keep it from sinking all the way in and becoming trapped under cleaved armor. If you're planning on an extended battle, this is not the sword to carry, something lighter, on the order of three pounds, unless you're facing mounted, then a longsword or spear for reach. I think this sword is more suited for intimidation effect in limited combat, like a dual. I couldn't imagine having to swing this bitch all day long, I think after an hour or so you'd drop it and pick up a lighter tool.

10/12/2021, 11:18:22 PM

(I know this thread is old) Just so you all know in personal experience in making and using swords the rings definitely have an impact with the blade mostly in a stabbing motion it increases force and the rings are used in a way to balance the blade.

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