Parting the Silk is a sword form.
Parting the Silk is a form often used at the beginning of battle. It is also used to practice balance.
Lan Mandragoran told Rand al'Thor to use this form to train his balance. Later, when chasing after Padan Fain and the Horn of Valere, Rand practices with this form. During the duel between Rand and High Lord Turak Aladon, one of them uses Parting the Silk while the opposing side countered with The Swallow Takes Flight. In the battle in the sky over Falme, Rand initiates with Parting the Silk against Ba'alzamon, "but Ba'alzamon beat every cut aside." Rand also used this form against Be'lal in the Stone of Tear. While training in Caemlyn, one of Rand's sparring partners tried to use Parting the Silk, however Rand broke through with The Boar Rushes Down the Mountain. After side-stepping and moving into Eamon Valda's initial attack, Galadedrid Damodred used this form as his first strike. Valda took a gash down his right forearm as a result. After unsheathing his sword, Gawyn Trakand used Parting the Silk non-leathally against Gareth Bryne's soldiers when he tried to gain access to the war camp.