Dated Pingpu knife
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Overall length

Sheathed 47 cm

Knife 40.4 cm

Blade length

25.3 cm

Blade thickness

Base 9.3 cm

Middle 6 mm

5 cm from tip 4 mm

Blade width

Base 43 cm

Middle 50 mm

5 cm from tip 30 mm


574 grams

Point of balance

9 cm from hilt


Iron, steel, wood, lacquer, plant fiber, rattan


Lowlands of Taiwan


Scabbard dated 1921


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An interesting Taiwanese knife from the Píngpu (平埔) plains indigenous peoples of mostly the Western coast of Taiwan. 

It has a heavy blade with convex edge, very thick spine and forged out of one piece with its socket hilt. In original, untouched condition. One forging flaw shows us it is forged in layers.

The wooden half-scabbard covers the left side of the blade. It is held inside by 21 iron strips, divided into three segments of 9, 6, and 6 strips, respectively. At the back is a braided rattan carring strap attached to the plant fiber cord. 

The scabbard is painted with floral motives and inscribed with calligraphy on both sides.


Dated Pingpu knife inscriptions


The front open side:

Rèn kāi dàjí

"Blade open; good luck"


This corresponds with the back side, cartouche 2:

Huā kāi chūn lái

"Flowers open; spring comes"


The back side, cartouche 1:

Dàzhèng jiǔ nián

"9th year of Taishō"

 lì yuè rì

"A day in the month of "


The back side, cartouche 3:

Jīshàn zhī jiā yǒuyú qìng

"A house that accumulates good deeds [must] have more than its share of happiness"


Ér sūn jī dé

"Children and grandchildren accumulate virtue"


dào qiānqiū

"For a thousand autumns"

The back side, cartouche 4

Tiānlǐ liángxīn

"Heavenly conscience"


This last sentence is from the famous 18th century novel Hongloumen or "Dream of the Red Chamber". It means something like "trust in the heavenly providence and human kindness".



A very interesting Pingpu presentation knife from the Japanese colonial period. Dated to 1921, and covered in well-wishes for its owner.

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