Knife fighting has long been a well-established art on the Philippines, an
An almost textbook example of a silver-plated kalasan.
Combining surplus Qing mounts with Mongol leatherwork.
With cast-bronze guarding figure hilt.
With exceptionally wide blade, forged with a hardened leading edge.
A relatively rare variety of an Indian war axe, called tungi.
In original condition and period finish. Some losses, no repairs.
A classic example with an older blade and timaha wood scabbard.
Made of iron, weighted with two flattened spheres, all with chiseled decoration.
With characteristic bulb pommel and silver plating on hilt and scabbard.
Exhibiting southern style beaded edges with northern style construction and gold.
A nice honest example of an early south Indian katar with great sculptural qualities.
Once part of a trisula, made on Java in the 17th century.
Of a rarer form, often used for ceremonial pole-arms.
Of military style with long, narrow blades and ribbed hardwood grips.
A very good set of Daoist straightswords in a single scabbard. There is a lot to see here, but I will start with the…
A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
A Sinhalese knife with lavish silver mounts and overlay.
Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.
Of domed shape with upturned rim and indigo cotton lining.
Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
Sawasa is a copper-gold alloy that was patinated a "raven black" and then highlights were parcel-gilt.
A very large example with a strongly reinforced tip and stone handle scales.
With blonde horn grip scales and brass plated scabbard.
With iron ferrule and copper and silver overlaid blade.
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
An excellently designed thrusting dagger with T-spine and sharp tip.
A Chinese traditional hidden striking weapon, this time executed in the "white copper" alloy.
An unusually ornate version of what is normally a very simple weapon.
A simple early 20th-century fighting dagger with ribbed grip.
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
A peculiar form of dagger found on the northern part of the island of Sumatra.
Made with a separate parakeet-shaped hook, attached to long tanged spearhead.
South India, made of chiseled iron with bird-bodied yali creatures.
Worked in repousse, possibly once part of an ornamental piece of armor.
A rare and sought-after type. This one comes in its original silver mounted scabbard.
With bifurcated S-shaped blade in talwar hilt.
Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine quillwork.
Collected by American anthropologist Melvyn Goldstein in the 1980s.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
Of Chinese manufacture, traded widely and used gainst the Dutch during the Aceh Wars in 1873–1904.
A rare variation of one of the rarest forms of Indonesian arms.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
A translucent hide shield with gilt brass ornaments. Probably Nepalese of for a Nepalese client.
Made of steel, decorated with fine gold overlay in a pattern of swastikas.
A fat-bellied variety of the Nepalese khukurī with mirror polished blade and iron handle with fine silver overlay.
Japanese mail set, with small ring vest and coif sewn to a thick cotton undergarment.
Thought to have been presented by the Royal House of Nepal.
Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.