Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Overall length

100 cm

blade length

62.5 cm

Blade thickness

Base 8 mm

Middle 4 mm

Tip 3 mm

Blade width

Base 47 mm

Middle 57 mm

Tip 72 mm

Weight

1239 grams

Point of balance

18.5 cm from guard

Materials

Iron, steel, wood

Origin

Northern Vietnam

Dating

19th century

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Description

Trường đao (長刀) literally means "long sword". The Vietnamese trường đao resembled the dàdāo (大刀) of China in many ways.

Presented here is a somewhat unusual example. The blade is more Chinese in form than they usually are, with a moderate widening and straight clipped tip. Vietnamese examples tend to start narrower and often have a concave clipped tip profile. Purely Vietnamese are the engravings on the blade, consisting of birds, flowers and a dragon executed in typical Northern Vietnamese style.

The iron guard is unusual in that it is forward projecting, almost floral in shape, with the guard quillons touching the blade. The grip is also unusual in that it has a bulging wooden grip, sitting between a ribbed iron ferrule and pommel. At the pommel is a small ring. Normally, grips on these are straight, cord, or rattanbound, and there is no iron pommel piece.

It is most likely from the northern regions of Vietnam, above Hanoi.

Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao
Unusual Vietnamese truong dao

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