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Edged hilt weapons
Hkamti dha (ခန္တီး ဓား)
Burmese trade name of the lin gin, a machete-like sword.
An unusual minority dao
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
Thai word for a single-edged sword.
Brass mounted Thai dáap
A charming and somewhat unusual example of a Thai
Plain mounted Mindan dha
Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
Early silver Burmese dha
With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
Burmese silver overlaid dha
On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
Burmese type of sword, worn in scabbard slung from the shoulder.
Lin gin (လင်းကင်း)
Burmese for a machete-like that was used widely in Kachin state and Assam.
Shan da (ရှမ်းဓား)
Burmese word for the Shan sword with pointed blade.
A Burmese da glossary
A glossary of the terminology of the Burmese dha and related items.
Name for fine dha with fine overlaid blades. Named after Mindan village where they were made.
Tribal Kachin dha
A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
Indonesian word meaning "curved sword".
Wōdāo (倭刀 / 窩刀)
Chinese term for a Japanese sword, or a large saber with strong Japanese influence.
Chinese name for a slender, curved saber. Often associated with large two-handers.
The Cantonese word for the Chinese straightsword.
Indonesian term meaning "straight sword". Often used to describe a specific silver-clad shortsword.
Nepali word for steel.
Chinese term for "long saber".
An Ottoman coral studded pala
With gilt copper scabbard and multi-row twist-core blade.
Chinese for the handguard of a weapon.
A type of saber from the southern part of Kalimantan.
Parang nabur with báitóng hilt
These sabers from Kalimantan exhibit a mix of European, Islamic, and local styles.
A fine late Qing jian
A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
Southern Chinese saber
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
An early form niúwěidāo
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
Fine dated talwar from Ratlam
With Mamluk style blade decor and inscriptions on both blade and hilt.
Bhutanese sword in tribal scabbard
With early pierced iron pommel and a style of scabbard worn in Arunachal Pradesh.
Unusual sword from Amdo
Exhibiting an interesting blend of Chinese and Tibetan features.
Silver hilted Tibetan shortsword
Of typical form, but with an all-silver hilt that carries Chinese silver marks.
Early Indian khanda
An early version of this iconic Indian weapon, with its characteristic swollen tip.
Early Indian fighting sword
With a recurved blade and elaborate bronze hilt decorated with chakras.
Nepali term for the edge of a blade.
Dutch chiseled iron smallsword
Part of a group of rare late 17th century examples, representing the finest of its kind.
Manchu word for the tip of a saber.
Saber of Bhima Nayak
A south Indian saber carrying the name "Sri Bhima Nayak".
Dhu alfaqar (ذو الفقار)
An Islamic legendary sword.
Large Mughal saber
With Persian inspired blade in Hindu basket hilt, both of fine wootz.
Fine Chinese Shan dha
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Husa Valley dha
A type of dha made by the Chinese Shan in Husa Valley, Yunnan.
A style of Indian sword hilt.
Large wootz talwar
The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
The national sword of India.
A style of Indian sword hilt
A style of Indian sword hilt
A Mindan / Yamethin dha
With fine overlaid blade this area was known for.
Large Shan dha
With silver-clad scabbard executed in their typical style.
Mindan dha with agate pommel
Its blade portraying the story of one of the previous lives of Guatama Buddha.