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Chinese arms nomenclature

Glossary of Chinese saber terminology

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An unusual type with a broad leaf-shaped head with deep sunken panels.
With a hidden compartment for a small utility knife.
Of slender type with a chiseled iron knot shaped bolster.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
A rare 17th-century sword guard made of foreign steel.
With broad silver-clad scabbard, worked entirely in repousse.
With very good pattern welded blade, complete with scabbard.
Of the exact type seen in use by the famous 29th Route Army.
With staghorn grip finely carved with plum blossoms.
An outstanding example with very fine silver and moth-of-pearl work.
With intricately carved ivory hilt depicting a demon on a horse.
A miniature piece meant for use by a small boy.
With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
With wide, pattern-welded blade.
With a samvat date that corresponds to 1691 A.D.
A very early example of the type, with locally made rapier style blade.