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Chinese arms nomenclature

Glossary of Chinese saber terminology

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Earlier this month I was at the opening of the exhibit "Steel and Magic. Edged Weapons of the Malay Archipelago" in the Klingenmuseum in Solingen, the historic sword-making…

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Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic…
With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.
With design features reminiscent of Persian and Indian bows.
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the…
An exceptionally large example with silver-clad scabbard.
An unusual type with a broad leaf-shaped head with deep sunken panels.
With a hidden compartment for a small utility knife.
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
With broad silver-clad scabbard, worked entirely in repousse.
An outstanding example with very fine silver and moth-of-pearl work.
With intricately carved ivory hilt depicting a demon on a horse.
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.
With a connection to local royalty in Jinchuan, Sichuan province.
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