A royal sword, probably from the Wasi kingdom in present-day Sichuan province.
The peidao (佩刀) or yaodao (腰刀)
A very early, full-length type, rarely seen with chiseled iron mounts.
An unusually large presentation saber in the style of high-end Chinese military sabers.
A wakizashi by master Kunikiyo, tested by the most famous sword tester of 17th century Japan.
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 massive 17th century saber blade with markings in Manchu and Chinese.
With openwork brass mounts in early imperial style.
A deluxe set of double straightswords with carved ivory grips and gilt mounts.
A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th century.
With twist-core steel and of early liuyedao form. Probably 17th century.
A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
Most Chinese swords and sabers are made with a hard high carbon steel
Of a type referred to as byeolungeom, "sword used by king’s guard officials".
Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.
It comes with its complete set of fittings in a thick gauge of báitóng.
Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.
Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
With a sayagaki by Honma sensei attributing it to Yosozaemon.
Exceedingly rare Ainu sword. Comes in an old Japanese collection box.
Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
With a good blade and a set of fittings that exceed the quality of most of this period.
With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.
Dated 1895. Large and heavy, a quality piece.
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
The Chinese saber comes in a great variety of curvatures, profiles, and wi
Miaodao simply being a more recent name for the wodao.
With rare raised backedge.
With narrow liuyedao blades of moderate curvature.
The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
Introduction to the type
This type of sword is referred to as zhibe
With differential heat-treatment, creating a cloudy crystalline effect along the edge.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.
A fine Chinese straightsword blade, of typical Qing form with a rather wide profile.
Built around a beautifully forged blade, in full polish, revealing a burl grain pattern.
An extremely rare and possibly unique type of Chinese officer's saber, or peidao, of the 18th century.
With massive 10mm thick blade with strong distal taper.
The ridged and facetted blade shape that is so well known
The Yi or Nuosuo people are known as Lolo in early Western ethnographic wr
With a wide clipped tip with notched upper edge.
The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditi
Of military style with long, narrow blades and ribbed hardwood grips.
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use
Late 18th century, complete with its original scabbard.