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Tip

Thuda

Sinhala for the point of a sword blade.
Edge

Agissa

Sinhala for the edge on a sword blade.
Groovy

Peeli

Sinhala for grooves on a blade. (Fullers).
blade

Isa

Sinhala for "blade".
Sinhalese sword blade

Kadu patha

Sinhala for blade.
Alluva

Alluva

Sinhala for side plates on a sword.
Sérapéṅdiya mūna

Sérapéṅdiya mūna

Sinhala for the head of a mythical bird. Often used as sword ornament.
Quillons

Vari sārkawa

Sinhala for the quillons on a Sinhalese sword.
Sinhalese knuckle guard

Ath häde

Sinhala for "knuckle guard".
Knuckle guard

Ath väsma

Sinhala term given by Deraniyagala for "knuckle guard".
Lion hilt

Siṃha mūnu mitta

Sinhala for "lion-faced hilt"
Mitta

Mitta

Sinhala for "hilt".
Gediya

Gediya

Sinhala for "pommel".
Simha logo

Siṃha

Sinhalese for "lion". The national symbol of the Sinhalese people.
Ul pihiya logo

Sinhalese knife and stylus

Fitting in a single scabbard. Modest for Sinhalese work.
Large piha-kaetta logo

A large pihiya kättha

A massive example weighing just over 800 grams. With scabbard.
Kasthane logo

Sinhalese kasthāné dated 1776

A very fine specimen, complete with ruby-set scabbard.
A silver pihiya

Silver Sinhalese ul-pihiya

A fine Kandyan knife, or ul-pihiya, probably mid 18th century.

Asian export sword guard

Sinhalese export sword guard

A large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
Ul pihiya logo

Ul pihiya

Sinhala for "sharp knife".
Pihiya logo

Pihiya

Sinhala for "knife".
Pihiya kattha logo

Piha kaetta

Often-used term to describe a group of ornate Sinhalese knives.

Liya-pata decorative motif logo

Liya-pata

A type of Sinhalese decorative work consisting of scrolls.
Liya-vela logo

Liya-vẹla

A type of Sinhalese decorative work consisting of repetitive floral motifs.
Sinhalese kasthane logo

Kasthāné

The national sword of Sri Lanka, being a saber with an elaborately carved hilt.
Sinhalese spear logo

A Sinhalese spear

A nice example of a rare type of weapon from the Sinhalese arsenal.
Canton style sword guard

Fine Canton-style export sword guard

Introduction

Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them, were modeled after

A fine silver hilted kasthané logo

A fine silver hilted kasthāné

Of the Royal Workshops of the Kingdom of Khandy.
Asian export sword guards logo

Nanban tsuba & Asian export sword guards

For long, "nanban tsuba" literally "Southern barbarian sword-guards" have been a catch-all classification for sword guards for Japanese swords (tsuba), that show foreign influence.
 An unusual pihiya (piha kaetta) logo

An unusual pihiya (piha kaetta)

Probably from the late Kandyan period.
A Sinhalese kasthāné logo

A Sinhalese kasthāné

An impressively large kasthāné, dating from the 18th century.