Deer Horn knives are small enough to conceal within traditional Chinese Clothing and have four tips that could be sharpen and edges all over the place. One of the central curves is wrapped for hand grip, which protects the hand from attacks. They would be used as an extension of the hand in fighting, similar to how a knuckleduster might be used, and would defend against swords and spears. This wouldn't be a wartime weapon but much more as a personal protection or bodyguard weapon.
Deer Horn Knives probably have more names than techniques associated with them, some of the names include:
- Deer Antler Knives
- Mandarin Duck Blades
- Meridian Axes
- Crescent Moon Knives
- Deer Hook Swords
- Mandarin Duck Sun and Moon Axes
- Yuan Yang Yue
- Zi Wu Yan Yang Yue
to name a few.
They have long been associated with Bagua Zhang, an internal Chinese martial art, but you do see them being used by other Kung Fu styles such Choi Li Fut and Shaolin Kung Fu to name a few, you also see them being used by Tai Chi practitioners, but in the main they are known as a Ba Gua Weapon. Made from a single piece of sheet metal with a handle wrap, they are simple in construction. Making these in from combat ready metal, beveled, sharpened with a proper handle would be very expensive. So this designed build helps keep the costs sensible so more people are able to train and explore the delights of this rare and unique weapon.
“Most Deer Horn Knives these days aren’t how you expect, they’re a little rough, but are fit for purpose. One’s that feel fully ‘traditional’ are a little hard to come by. While you’re searching these will do you just fine.”
Doug Swift – Owner of Enso Martial Arts Shop
Here are the dimensions of this Deer Horn Knives:
- Total Length = 11.5 inches or 30 cm
- Total Weight = 1.9 lbs or 0.70 kg
If you have any questions about the Deer Horn Knives you want to buy feel free to contact us at our shop to discuss it, call (0117) 9425832 or email [email protected]