Chinese Weaponry

By Colin Chapman.

This page features some unusual Chinese weaponry to spice up your martial artist's choice. Statistics are provided for each weapon in parentheses (damage/concealment).


Shuang Tou Quiang (Double-Headed Spear)

It's a spear with a spear-head on each end of the pole! (+4/NA)

Shuang Pian Yue Ya Chan (Double-Blade Crescent Shovel)

This two meter polearm features a sharpened shovel-like blade at one end, and a crescent-shaped blade on the other end. (+4/NA)

Jiu Huan Dao (Nine Ring Halberd)

This polearm features a curved chopping blade, with nine small iron rings on the back of the blade. (+4/NA)

Da Dao (Halberd)

The Da Dao features a heavy, curved chopping blade, with a shaped back and tassel. (+4/NA)

Tiger Trident

This long polearm features a long sharp point with curving, crescent-like, side-blades. It was (surprise, surprise) used to hunt tigers. (+4/NA)

Niu Er Jian Dao (Bull's Ear Sword)

This shortsword features a broad, single-edged blade, and handguard. It's often mistakenly called a "butterfly sword." It's typically used in pairs. (+3/3)

Kan Dao (Chopper)

This sword features a curved, single-edged chopping blade. Its hilt is plain, long and unguarded, allowing both one and two-handed use. It has a ring pommel. (+4/5)

Darn Dao (Sabre)

This curving, sabre-like sword, often features a coloured silk sash set in the pommel. It is often used in pairs. (+4/5)

Shuang Gao (Twin-Hooked Sword)

The Shuang Gao is an unusual sword, featuring a hooked blade and a sharp, crescent-shaped handguard. It is often used in pairs. (+4/5)

Darn Jian (Straight Sword)

The Darn Jian has a straight, double-edged blade and short hilt. (+4/5)

Gui Tou Dao (Devil's Head Sword)

The Gui Tou Dao has a heavy, curved, single-edged, chopping blade, the back of which is shaped and features a coloured tassel. The hilt is long, allowing it to be used one or two-handed. (+4/5)

Jiu Jie Bien (Nine-Section Whip)

This weapon consists of nine thin iron bars, linked like a chain between a handle, and spiked end. Richard Norton uses a pair in the final fight of Jackie Chan's City Hunter. (+3/4)

Quiang Ton (Rope Dart)

This weapon features a rope or light chain to which is affixed a sharp, spear-like blade. It can be whipped out to impale opponents at a short range, entangle them, or shortened and used in close combat by whirling it around the body. The Ninja archetype in Feng Shui is using one, and the Jet Lee movie Shaolin Temple shows this weapon in breath-taking use. (+3/3)

Zi Wu Yuan Yang Yue (Meridian Axe)

This bizarre hand weapon resembles two crescents inter-locking, and is used in pairs as a slashing weapon. Another variety, called a 'Full Moon' features a sharpened metal ring attached to a handle with two protruding curved blades. (+3/3)


Another unusual weapon, the Fang resembles a combat fire-poker! It consists of a straight iron bar at the end of which is a short, sharp blade, and another short, sharp blade, curving of the bar at a right angle. It's often used in pairs. (+3/3)

E Mei Ci (Piercer)

The E Mei Ci is a short, thin iron bar, each end sharpened, and features a small iron ring set midway along the bar. It's worn on the forefinger, stabbing with the punching motion of a fist. (+2/2)

Dan Pian Fu (Axe)

The Dan Pian Fu axe features a curved, chopping head, and has a spear-like head at the other end of the shaft. (+4/5)

Sa Tjat Kuen (Three-Section Staff)

Essentially this is a nunchaku-style weapon, but consisting of three longer sections, and is used with both hands. (+4/5)

Gun (Staff)

It's a staff. 'nuff said. (+3/NA)

Seurng Tjat Kuen (Nunchaku)

It's just the Chinese name for a nunchaku. 'nuff said again. (+3/3)

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