Language: Vietnamese
Source: Primary reference


The gươm truòng (鎌長) is a large Vietnamese saber with a long handle that requires two hands to wield. They are similar to the Chinese long saber, chángdāo (長刀) or Japanese nodachi (野太刀).

A classic Vietnamese two handed saber, or guom truong. Peter Dekker -
A classic brass-mounted example, with swollen ferrule. 143 cm overall, blade 87 cm.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2017.

A north Vietnamese two handed saber, or guom truong. Peter Dekker -
A Vietnamese two-handed saber with iron guard. The other fittings are, curiously, of lead.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2017.

In the Nguyễn dynasty, large ceremonial examples were worn during official assemblies. From old photos, it is easy to assume these are real sabers, but extant examples suggest that many were made entirely of wood.1

Ceremonial guom truong

A wooden ceremonial gươm truòng. 154 cm, "scabbard" 97.5 cm.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2019.


Ceremonial guom truong in Hanoi

Ceremonial gươm truòng in the Trung Sister’s Temple, Hanoi. Probably wood, like our example here.
Photo politely borrowed from Seven Mountains Kung Fu, Philadelphia.


Nguyen imperial guardsmen

Nguyen imperial guardsmen with gươm truòng. Probably from an old postcard.
Photo from Photo credit: Nguyễn Khắc Ngữ.

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Of an all-wooden construction, simulating a sheathed long saber.


A very rare ceremonial variety with copper scabbard inlaid with different alloys, and a brass blade.


An exceedingly rare set with fine mother of pearl inlaid string board


With forward swept iron guard and swollen grip.


Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.


Description A rather unusual Vi