Chinese twisted hilt knife
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Length

Knife 31.7 cm

Blade 21.3 cm

Weight

61 grams

Materials

Iron, steel, horn, white metal

Origin

Northern China

Dating

19th century

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Description

This knife is a rather unassuming piece at first glance, until you stop and carefully examine how it was made.

It has the typical blade of a knife from Chinese trousse sets to which it undoubtedly once belonged. There is a single long fuller on the right, and a shorter one on the left. At the base of the blade there is a maker's mark in the form of a 11 pointed star shape with a cross inside. The inside of the fullers are etched with a zig-zag pattern.

The hilt consists of two buffalo horn plates, and four blonde horn pieces. The iron tang runs the full width of the grip and is twisted, the horn beautifully follows the twist. The horn is not just carved to shape, as the horn's grain also follows the twist. The blonde horn pieces, in addition, have separate metal linings.

The the pommel, the flat tang is simply hammered to the side. The horn slabs are held with iron rivets, one for each blonde piece and three for each black piece.

Northern China, 19th century.

Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt
Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt
Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt
Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt
Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt
Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt
Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt
Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt
Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt
Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt
Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt
Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt
Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt
Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt
Unusual Chinese knife with twisted hilt

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