While the Chinese are hailed for inventing gunpowder and the
An early Republican period niuweidao (牛尾刀) or "ox
A quiver of the late Qing dynasty.
Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.
In emerald green scabbard and with fan case.
A rare Philippine fighting knife, probably from Luzon island. It has a very well-made blade.
From the Aceh region, described locally as peudeueng peusangan with a "hulu meu apet" or Indian styled basket hilt.
The ridged and facetted blade shape that is so well known
Flails derived off farming tools were used since antiquity
Presented in this article is a somewhat rare example of a purely practical Vietna
Most Chinese swords and sabers are made with a hard high carbon steel
With a five-clawed imperial dragon chasing the pearl of wisdom.
With captured French blade, ground down to fit.
An unusual dha with features of various cultures.
With rare raised backedge.
With mountings of meticulously worked copper with silver overlays
The peidao (佩刀) or yaodao (腰刀)
Showing the strong Japanese influence on Vietnamese sword making of the time.
Yet another type that I had not yet seen before.
An extremely rare and possibly unique type of Chinese officer's saber, or peidao, of the 18th century.
The dadao is the iconic weapon of republican
One of the most iconic of Chinese weapons, commonly known as "Guandao"
As a non-military weapon, not much was written about Chin
The Chinese straightsword or jian (劍) was th
In excavated condition. Probably 15th-17th century.
Most antique Vietnamese sabers on the mar
With Daoist talisman and Longquan markings.
From my personal collection. A quiver that was once worn at court ceremonies by high ranked officers and imperial…
An unusual Vietnamese officer saber of the 19th century, with an all-horn hilt.
Ornate Vietnamese guőm (
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
A nice example with fossil elephant or mastodon molar butt plates.
Cochinchina, second half of the 18th century.
The grip made of a single piece, worked in high relief.
Made of a single piece of ivory, with a kneeling figure in its base.
Accomplished by bending the edge up and down alternately and polishing it smooth again.
Miaodao simply being a more recent name for the wodao.
With triple tiered golden crown with enamel decor.
At first sight, this may look like a miniature version of a standard Qing s
A very good Vietnamese ceremonial kiem of the Nguyen dynasty.
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
With openwork brass mounts in early imperial style.
With twist-core steel and of early liuyedao form. Probably 17th century.
An honest, unpretentious fighting weapon of the Ming-Qing period.
The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditi
A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th century.
An unusually large presentation saber in the style of high-end Chinese military sabers.
A deluxe set of double straightswords with carved ivory grips and gilt mounts.
With inscription that reads: Raja Pagaruyung or "ruler of Pagaruyung".