A Chinese shortsword made by a well-known Longquan maker.
Base 3.5 mm
Widening 4 mm
Start backedge 2 mm
Base 31 mm
Widening 60 mm
Start backedge 58 mm
3.1 cm from guard
Iron, steel, wood, leather, plant fiber cord
Northern Vietnam or Southern China
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An unusual Sino-Vietnamese fighting knife with a very wide, flat blade with prominent raised backedge that is reminiscent of the yelman on Turkic sabers. Otherwise the blade reminds more of the wider Chinese fighting knives that were used all over coastal China, and into Northern Vietnam. It has a narrow groove on either side as well.
The blade has a very clear and high-pitched ring to it and must be made of rather good steel.
The hilt consists of a ribbed grip carved out of a single piece of wood, with brass ferrules, guard and large polyhedral pommel. The tang is peened over the pommel, using a rectangular washer with four facets. A tasteful tang finish that we also sometimes see on Southern Chinese húdiédāo.
It comes with a pigskin sheath with stylized coin cutouts, and an added soft leather inner lining to protect the blade. The back of the scabbard is partially open, a small leather L-shaped strap holds the upper part of the blade in place.
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