As China Guy points out, it may have bneen a translation error. Double chekc the source.
If it was 160 ounces rather than pounds that would equate to what, 10 lbs?
Sounds a little more plausible, but still rtaher unlikely. The extra weight would have made the wepaon more of a liability than an asset on the battlefield, unless he never actually used and just carried around for ‘inspirational’ purposes
While 160 lbs does seem a bit excessive, some martial arts styles do use very heavy weapons. It is not uncommon to see weapons that weigh 30-40 lbs. Primarily, they are used to help one focus their chi.
The best way to be sure would be to go check the source. Anyone willing?
Anyway, while googling, I found this guy who mentions:
This is close enough to the number to your value that I would discount it as an error. Bragging in the original source of the tidbit, yes, probably, but you run into people wielding massive weapons too often in Chinese litterature for this to be a mistake I think. (Although, he might have mistranslated the unit, simply replacing pound for the Chinese word.)
Now we need to send someone to Hunan to check that other guy’s sword, I couldn’t find pics online.
Catties, in ‘Outlaws of the Marsh’, (a Chinese classic akin to Robin Hood), have a wide variance of corresponding weight, IIRC, from somewhere between 1/3lb to 1 1/3 lb. Depending upon translation the sword may’ve weighed as little as 40lbs. Once you account for exaggeration, the sword may well have weighed 20lbs.
Legendary General Kwan is said to’ve used a weapon, (named after him, a pole arm of sorts like a halberd), that weighed 80 catties. Now pole arms are a much different animal when it comes to weilding them, as they allow for more easily distrinuted ‘body english’ than a sword.
IIRC aren’t there claymores that weighed around 50lbs?
Could this be propoganda? I don’t know about Liu T’ing specifically, but isn’t the literature full of generals who were twelve feet tall, had a visible aura, or floated several inches above the ground? In making a general somewhat larger than life, an extraordinary weapon would be a typical device.