Baji Sword: from Workshop to Battle

Baji Sword: Making of a Sword + Traditional Sword Fighting

Baji Sword Fighting

I had a problem: after purchasing an original Baji Sword during my last trip in Northern China, I realized her weight was too much for my wrist: in fact, performing the Baji Sword Dao lu (the pattern at the end of the video below) resulted in a very slow motion and a lot of stress for both my wrists, although I’ve been training them steadily for years. Don’t get me wrong: a true warrior should be able to fight with any weapon, regardless of its weight, but under a preference point of view – well – I prefer speed rather than power.


The original weight of the Baji Sword purchased in China was almost 1,5 Kilograms: she was a long handle, double grip good looking sword, but merciless after every training session due to her weight. The idea of a lighter sword then came into my mind, and after few minutes I found myself searching for some good quality hardwood from my workshop spare parts.

For this project I combined the blade of my first Taiji Sword, bought in China back in 2006 when I started learning Sword fighting and Baji Quan, with a set of totally brand new components hand-crafted by me: the choice of keeping the existing blade, and not to make one from scratch, wasn’t because I am not capable of making it (as a matter of fact it would have taken me less time forging a blade than making the handle), but I wanted to honor my first Taiji Sword keeping her heart alive: the blade.

The process begins. The entire sword took me years to be finished: I had to design a handle that could be as light as possible, but also balanced and above all comfortable to the wrist during movements that require the pommel and the cross-guards not to interfere with my arm.

Baji Sword – Specifications

  • Wood type: Australian Red Jarrah
  • Blade: Spring Steel, chromed
  • Tassel: Red Nylon twisted cord
  • Grip: Carbon Fiber
  • Weight: 740 Grams

The result of this Baji Sword project was fine to me: to be my first sword, I am pretty satisfied: she does the job and she is very solid and balanced, even during the most stressful movements. I used medium strength thread locker for securing the stainless steel screw at the end of her pommel: a special hoocked screw that secures the pon-pon (or tassel) to the sword.

Baji Sword designed, made and performed by Fabio Zambelli – 100% Italian Artisan Product

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About the author : Fabio Zambelli

Fabio has dedicated his life to Martial Arts for more than 23 years and has been teaching since 2005. Extremely committed and passionate to the way of the warrior lifestyle, he lives his days following Martial Arts’ principles: hard work and self-sacrifice. The diplomas he is most proud of are his failures as overcoming these demonstrated that Martial Arts values, along with their code of conduct, have worked on him. His extraordinary determination, concretized in Heart of The Orient, the world's first designed and hand-crafted Dojo for Shaolin Kungfu, is proof that human willpower has no limits.