Language: Vietnamese
Source: Period dictionary


Song kiếm (雙劍) means double sword. They are a rare variety of Vietnamese straightswords, kiếm (雙劍), with two blades that fit into a single scabbard.

Song kiemA rare set of full-length song kiếm. Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2019.

Most song kiếm are relatively short, full-length ones are extremely rare. I briefly owned the set above, and the only comparable set known to me at this point is in the Metropolitan Museum, accession number 36.25.1452a–c. (Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935.)

Since the song kiếm (雙劍) was not an emblem of rank like the standard single kiếm was, they tend to be of more sturdy built with actual use in mind. Where most Vietnamese kiếm have hilt mounts made of silver sheet with resin inside, it is common for song kiếm to have hilt mounts of a contrasting metal. Often, stronger brass or another copper alloy, and sometimes even iron is seen.

Short Song KiemA very good set of short song kiếm. Copper alloy hilt mounts, ivory grips and silver scabbard mounts.
Notice the very nice heat treatment on the quality blade. Ex Philip Tom collection.

Song kiem

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A rare combination of full-length double Vietnamese swords with live blades.


It has a narrow but sturdy blade with a springy temper.


Description A rather unusual Vi


Of very good quality for this type of weapon.


With carved stone handles and superb workmanship in silver and mother-of-pearl.


An outstanding example with very fine silver and moth-of-pearl work.

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