Language: Mandarin Chinese
Source: Classical literature


Dāo dǐ gū (刀底箍) literally means "saber end loop".1 It is the scabbard endpiece, also known in English as chape. 

Dāo dǐ gū specifically refers to the type with simple geometry, as opposed to dāo dǐ yún (刀底雲) "saber end cloud" that is in the same text for a type of chape with cloud cutout. 

An alternative term used is dāo dǐ gū (刀底箍 ) "saber end loop".2


Antique Qing dynasty saber with dāo dǐ gū (刀底箍) type chape.

Fangshi endpiece

Typical minimalistic scabbard endpiece on an 18th century Chinese saber.


18th century military saber

An 18th-century military saber with its angular style scabbard and simple chape.


Also see

For a complete overview of saber terminology, see: A Chinese saber glossary.

1. Gongbu Junqi Zeli (工部軍器則例) or "Regulations and precedents on military equipment for the Board of Works" of 1815. A Qing imperial text dealing with the details of arms manufacture.
2. Tongwen Guanghui Quanshu (同文廣彙全書) or "Enlarged and complete dictionary" of 1702. A Qing imperial dictionary in Chinese and Manchu, each entry double-checked and approved by the Kangxi emperor.

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A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.


Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.


A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.


A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.


Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.


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