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Chinese trousse in Mongolian style

Chinese trousse in Mongolian style

With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.
Sword guard

"South China Sea Guard"

Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
Antique Chinese spearhead

Ming style spearhead

A heavy, well-made piece that was probably a military issue.
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Qijiadao in Vince Evans mounts

The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
Iron whip

Ruǎn tiěbiān (軟鐵鞭)

Historical Chinese term for an iron chain weapon.
Republican dadao

1930's Republican dàdāo

Of the exact type seen in use by the famous 29th Route Army.
Changxing workshop

Chángxìng (長興)

A famous bow making shop in Chengdu, active until the 1960s.
Lengyanju

Lěngyànjù (冷豔鋸)

Nickname for Guan Yu's "Green Dragon Crescent Blade".
Qinglong Yanyuedao

Qīnglóng yǎnyuèdāo (青龍偃月刀)

The mythical pole arm of Guan Yu.
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Zhǎnmǎdāo (斬馬刀)

Literally, "horse cutting blade". The name of various classical Chinese weapons.
Tibetan quiver

Mda‘ gdong (མད་འ་ག་དོ་ང་)

Tibetan for an open quiver that spreads the arrows out.
Hudiedao

Butterfly swords

English name for the húdiédāo (蝴蝶刀)
Bat jam do 

Bat jam do (八斬刀)

Cantonese pronunciation for bāzhǎndāo, an alternative name for húdiédāo.
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Bāzhǎndāo  (八斬刀)

Alternative name for the húdiédāo.
Kandao

Kǎndāo (砍刀)

Chinese for "chopping saber". An alternative name for the dàdāo.
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Dàdāo (大刀)

Literally "big knife", it is primarily associated with the iconic broad saber of post-imperial China.
Jebele

Jebele

Manchu word for quiver. Also means "right hand".
Chunqiudao

Chūnqiūdāo (春秋刀)

Literally: "Spring-autumn blade", an alternative name for the yǎnyuèdāo.
Yanyuedao

Yǎnyuèdāo (掩月刀)

Name by which the yǎnyuèdāo (偃月刀) first appears in the 11th century.
Guandao

Guāndāo (關刀)

A commonly used name for the yǎnyuèdāo (偃月刀).
Shuangjian

Shuāngjiàn (雙劍)

Language: Mandarin Chinese

Hudiedao

Húdiédāo (蝴蝶刀)

A type of Chinese double swords with D-shaped guards.
Long spear

Chángqiāng (長槍)

The Chinese long spear.
Green Standard Army Long Spear

Lùyíng chángqiāng (綠營長槍)

A large spear issued to the troops of the Green Standard Army in the Qing dynasty
Anggûta

Anggûta

Manchu word for the washer at the back of a sword pommel.
Turu

Turu

Manchu word for saber lanyard.
Sirdan sele

Sirdan sele

Manchu for the suspension bar on top of a sword scabbard.
Suspension bands

Tebeliyeku

Manchu for the suspension bands on a sword scabbard.
dubei toldohon

Dubei toldohon

Manchu for the fittings on either end of the scabbard.
Homhon

Homhon

Manchu word for scabbard.
Saber ferrule

fesin-i toldohon

Manchu word for sword grip ferrule.
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Guye

Language: Manchu
Source: Classical literature

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Garin

Manchu for "saber guard".
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Green Standard Army Zhanmadao

The Green Standard Army Zhanmadao was a large two-handed saber of the Qing dynasty.

tiger spear

Tasha gida

Manchu name for a large hunting spear in use by the Qing dynasty Tiger spear division.
Upper Three Banners

Sān shàng qí (三上旗)

Three of the Qing dynasty Eight Banners that were under the direct control of the emperor.
Long spear

Hùjūn Xiāoqí Chángqiāng (護軍驍騎長槍)

A very large spear issued to the cavalry contingent of the Guard Division.
Valiant Cavalry

Xiāoqíyíng (驍騎營)

Language: Mandarin Chinese
Source: Classical literature

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Guard Division Valiant Cavalry Long Spear (Qing)

A very long spear or lance, issued to the cavalry of the Guard Division.
Jiànruìyíng Chángqiāng

Jianruiying Long Spear (Qing)

A type of spear used by the Jianruiying, the Qing's special forces.
Jianruiying spear

Jiànruìyíng Chángqiāng (健銳營長槍)

The long spear of the Jianruiying, the special forces of the Qing dynasty.
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A saber glossary in Manchu

An overview of Manchu saber terminology.
Loho

Loho

Manchu word for saber.
Agūrai Hiya

Agūrai Hiya

A Qing imperial honor guard selected from war heroes and descendants of war heroes of the Upper Three Banners.
Bàowěi Bān Shìwèi

Bàowěi Bān Shìwèi (豹尾班侍衛)

A Qing imperial honor guard selected from war heroes and descendants of war heroes of the Upper Three Banners.
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Dynasty Forge jian review

I am frequently asked whether I can recommend good, faithful reproductions of Chinese swords.
Valiant Cavalry

Valiant Cavalry (Qing)

The main force of the Eight Banners, consisting mainly of mounted warriors with bow and lance.
Leopard Tail Guard

Leopard Tail Imperial Bodyguards (Qing)

A Qing imperial honor guard selected from war heroes and descendants of war heroes of the Upper Three Banners.
Upper Three Banners

Upper Three Banners

Three of the Qing dynasty Eight Banners that were under the direct control of the emperor.
Imperial Guard (Qing)

Gocika Bayara

Manchu for Imperial Bodyguard