This wan dao was bought by my late father as one of the Chinese-manufactured (Really? Formosa is politically the only true China, politically? That's what they mean by it's made in China?) utility machete at an Army-Navy Surplus in Chico, California. He neglected it, unfortunately, and whatevs: it cost him half a ten spot, and he just had it stashed away, it's sheet-metal blade deteriorating, the screws in its black resin handle falling to rust... I recently appropriated it, de-rusted the blade and screws, primed the blade with banner red enamel, added texture with acrylic paint to the handle, painted the blade with a final coat of scarlet oil paint, added a tassle I liberated from an old plastic Osaka Castle souvenier I bought in the mid-90s, and painted the handle with soluble copper - the golden soluble copper also lends an unmistakable blaze to the cutting edge, reminding beholders that this is still sharp blade, and a tool and weapon as well as a decorative piece (and no, I do not advocate disguising real swords and knives as bright toys, though desperate people in our time take their desperate measures...) (Also, golden soluble copper, not gold or even gold leaf: this piece is solidly secular and utilitarian, with no pretense to the sacred and holy, for it is for cutting one's fellows in extremis... I am a stickler for conventional modes of spirituality and worship.) It is as wan dao a wan dao as chop suey is hardly a laughing matter to Martin Yan. This an effective slashing and hacking implement (think kudzu or sugar cane), which, in trained hands, can be made quite effective on the defense in combat... Note that the oil paint in particular makes this machete extremely attractive to and retentive of trace evidence lest anyone think to use it for dishonorable violence.