Language: Cantonese
Source: In common use


Gim () is the name for the Chinese straightsword, from a large two-handed version to a standard size, up to shortswords and daggers.

The defining feature of the jiàn is not only that it's double-edged, but that both edges are exactly the same length. Therefore, a straight sword with a single long edge and double-edged tip section would still be considered a dāo, even if the tip section is completely symmetrical.


Late Qing jianA good jian of the late Qing.


For more information, see the complete article: Jiàn ()

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Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.


With designs of four dragons in scrollwork around a "wish-granting-jewel"


A purely Chinese guard and not a very orn


With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.


With pierced mounts and velvet-covered scabbard.


A bronze processional piece with reign marks attributing it to the year 1864.