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I've recently bought a 9 hook broadsword from an online martial arts store. I bought it mainly for decoration, but as an ex kung fu practioner and a general sword enthusiast I want to know how it is meant to be used, and preferably try out a few techniques myself.

I thusly went ahead and searched for an answer, but unfortunately it seems that the references to this weapon are scarce; except for one or two more stores which sell the weapon I didn't find any reference to it even existing at all.

This is why I came here. I wonder if this is a weapon that's existed historically, and if there are any references to its use if it is? Also, if it is a historical weapon but there are no real manuals on how to use it, could it be assumed that it was used similarly to a 9 ring broadsword?

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I suspect it is very similar except for the addition of hooks which I imagine can be used to cut or catch things as you pull back. It's a move I've seen people in the system I practice but with a regular 9-ring broadsword. I haven't seen this variation on this weapon before though. –  Matt Chan Dec 26 '13 at 0:08
    
This sounds quite reasonable, thank you! –  Psyberion Dec 26 '13 at 14:20
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I don't have any references, only anecdotes from instructors I've trained with, so please do not mistake this as historically accurate information.

The picture you show appears to be a variation on the 9 Ring Broadsword. This is supposed to have been a training weapon. The 9 Rings on the back of the blade provide a sound that assists the student in knowing the quality of the strike. When slashing, the rings should click together consecutively with 9 distinct clicks, one after the other. When thrusting, all the rings should click at the same time, ensuring a powerful thrust. The added benefit of distracting the opponent should be apparent.

As you've noted, the weapon is similar to the 9 Ring Broadsword, and I think it should be treated as a variation of the same. My guess is that you'll get more hits on 9 Ring Broadsword than 9 Hook Broadsword.

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Thanks a lot! It sounds to me that what you say might well be true. I will start looking for references and manuals of the 9 ring broadsword instead then! –  Psyberion Dec 26 '13 at 14:19
    
@Psyberion, the weapon that you show is a good deal wider than the average broadsword. It reminds me a bit of the guandao (polearm) blade, moreso than a traditional broadsword. Perhaps the added weight of the blade adds to the training benefit? Good luck in finding what you need and please let us know what you find. –  The Wudang Kid Dec 26 '13 at 14:27
    
Yes, it is. I'd estimate that it's about 9cm closest to the guard, and about 15-20cm at it's broadest. And I agree, it does resemble a guandao, even in blade length. Thank you once again, I will keep you posted if I discover something! –  Psyberion Dec 26 '13 at 15:26
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