Traditionally, Chinese martial artists have used wooden training swords and pulled contact during sparring practice to perfect their technique. While wooden swords are generally safe, they have serious limitations for learning how steel swords behave during sparring. These sparring jian have been designed by Scott Rodell, founding director of the Great River Taoist Center, to handle as closely as possible to sharp jian while providing rounded edges and safe flex during a thrust. The blunt blades are 5160 steel with 2mm edges and a classical-fencing style rolled tip.
Here's a quick clip showing the sparring jian in use:
length: 39 1/2"
grip length: 7"
balance point: 3 1/2" from guard
weight: 2 lb 2 oz