Some time ago, Philip Tom sent me a bunch of his old research files on Asian arms for me to study. Among them this drawing he made, showing the movement of some design influences and how they affected Chinese saber design of the 16th-19th centuries. It is still as relevant as when he drew it about 20 years ago.

Philip Tom drawing saber influences


About Philip Tom

Philip wrote Some Notable Sabers of the Qing dynasty in the Metropolitan Museum of Art published in 2001.

He is also a professional restorer of antique arms. See the Philip Tom restoration page.


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With NBTHK Hozon papers.


A Chinese shortsword made by a well-known Longquan maker.


Typical Chinese hook sword, with seldom-seen fine silver wire overlay.

Price on request

With a golden damascened lock of the Indo-Portuguese type.


Carved out of copper alloy with details highlighted in gold.


Very delicate work with carved guardian lions.