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Origin: In common use among collectors


"Hairpin forging" or "hairpin laminations" are terms used by collectors to describe a peculiar way of forging that was commonly used in the Himalayan region. The name derives from the sharp bend the laminations take at the apex of the blade.

C.S. Smith referred to it as;

"side-by-side welding of a nested series of hairpin rods"1


In Tibetan, it is called thur.2

See main article: Thur.

Very well executed hairpin laminations on a fine Tibetan sword

Well-executed hairpin forging on a fine Tibetan sword.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2018.


1. Cyril Stanley Smith; A History Of Metallography: The Development Of Ideas On The Structure Of Metals Before 1890. 1960.
2. Donald J. Larocca; Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet. 



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With a rare, finely forged double hairpin blade.


This kind of fine work is typical for Tibetan work of the 15th-16th centuries.


Made of iron, shaped as a gourd, with silver overlay.


A large Tibetan sword, known in the local language as dpa'dam.

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With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine quillwork.


Thought to have been presented by the Royal House of Nepal.