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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.
A rare example with pattern welded blade, retaining its original scabbard.
With narrow blade and all brass mounts.
A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
A Chinese style fighting knife probably made in Yunnan or Vietnam.
With elaborately pierced and chased silver scabbard.
Iron chopsticks that combine as a kogai, with silver inlaid Paulownia mon.
With finer forge folded blade than most of its type.
Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic…
With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.
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.