A reference list of antique Vietnamese swords and sabers I've had over time. I will periodically update it as more Vietnamese swords pass through my hands.
Click the photos for their complete articles. Not all swords have an article (yet).
Last update: October 5, 2018
Early Vietnamese swords
An ancient Cham sword
Probably dating from the 14th or 15th century, with characteristic ribbed bronze downward curving hilt.
A 16th century Vietnamese saber
With heavily Japanese inspired guard and possibly a Japanese import blade.
An exceptional officer's saber
The very best Vietnamese saber we've had so far, with excellent quality blade and elaborate copper hilt mounts with silver overlays.
A very good Vietnamese officer's saber
A heavy Vietnamese officer saber with high quality blade, and horn pistol style hilt.
A horn-hilted Vietnamese fighting saber
A Vietnamese fighting saber with a closed, all horn hilt. Closely resembling Nguyen dynasty ceremonial pieces but with a heavy, functional blade.
A signed Vietnamese fighting saber
A utilitarian Vietnamese fighting saber with simple iron guard. Signed and dated 1887.
A Vietnamese dao-truong (pair)
The Vietnamese equivalent of the Chinese dadao, with pronounced blade profile and engraved decoration.
A classic Vietnamese two handed saber or "guom truong"
A very rare example of a Vietnamese two handed saber. It has brass guard and hilt fittings.
A north Vietnamese two handed saber or "guom truong"
A two handed saber from the northern Chinese border regions, with slender blade, iron guard and fittings made of lead.
Nguyen dynasty (1802–1945) ceremonial sabers, "guőm"
A Vietnamese officer saber with fighting blade
A rare variation of the ceremonial type, that actually has a good fighting grade blade.
A Vietnamese ceremonial sword
A typical example, but with exquisite mother-of-pearl inlays that are among the best work of it's type we have seen to date.
A Vietnamese ceremonial officer saber, all metal hilt and scabbard
A very rare type of Nguyen ceremonial officer saber, with all-metal hilt and scabbard. Both hilt and scabbard are inlaid with contrasting metals including niello.
A very fine Vietnamese ceremonial officer saber
One of the best Vietnamese ceremonial saber I've had. The mother-of-pearl inlay work in particular is exquisite.
Nguyen dynasty (1802–1945) ceremonial swords, "kiếm"
A fine Vietnamese straightsword with ivory handle
A very fine Vietnamese straightsword (kiếm) with beautiful ivory handle, carved in deep relief.
A fine Vietnamese straightsword
A very good Vietnamese straightsword (kiếm) with a handle made of lacquer and gold foil.