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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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With high-contrast wootz blade and fine damascening in two tones of gold.
Reserved
A rare example with pattern welded blade, retaining its original scabbard.
€1500,-
With narrow blade and all brass mounts.
€300,-
A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
Reserved
A Chinese style fighting knife probably made in Yunnan or Vietnam.
€300,-
With elaborately pierced and chased silver scabbard.
€2800,-
Iron chopsticks that combine as a kogai, with silver inlaid Paulownia mon.
Reserved
With finer forge folded blade than most of its type.
€800,-
Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic…
€6500,-
With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.
€1600,-
Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the…
€300,-
An exceptionally large example with silver-clad scabbard.
€7500,-
An unusual type with a broad leaf-shaped head with deep sunken panels.
€2400,-
With a hidden compartment for a small utility knife.
€2500,-
A Japanese style sword guard made in 17th century Nagasaki Chinatown.
€1500,-
With broad silver-clad scabbard, worked entirely in repousse.
€1250,-