Accomplished by bending the edge up and down alternately and polishing it smooth again.
Perhaps one of the most famous and long-lived of Chinese weapons.
A Japanese sword guard with the cross of the House of Aviz.
Signed Yasutsugu, with sayagaki referring to the Tokugawa family.
With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
Southern Chinese officer style saber with later inscription H.Hunt 1876.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
Many Mongols, the Khalkas in particular, had close ties with the Manchu ru
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
The first of its kind I've ever seen on the market.
A Chinese shortsword made by a well-known Longquan maker.
Of a type worn among others by the Valiant Cavalry.
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
A large and rather interesting Chinese jian dating from the Chines
A quiver of the late Qing dynasty.
Yet another type that I had not yet seen before.
A slender makiri with a bark wrapped scabbard.
With fine blade, of liuyedao form with a gentle curvature.
A very nice and complete example, circa 1920's-30's.
With an estimated draw weight of 160-200 pounds.
Often mistaken for true Qianlong work.
With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
Late 18th century, complete with its original scabbard.
With fine quality jade hilt and baitong mounted scabbard.
Called suàntóu gǔduǒ in Mandarin, with characteristic brass head.
The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use
Blade signed Sesshū-jū Fujiwara Hiroyoshi, active in the 1670s-80s.
Of an early type with dramatic widened shape.
Large Japanese spearhead with red lacquered zig-zag groove. Signed Mitsuhiro.
With spinach green jade handle and carved buffalo horn scabbard.
A set of the rarer long and wide variety with very well-carved hilts and good overall finish.
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
Of military style with long, narrow blades and ribbed hardwood grips.
From approximately the 5th to 3rd century B.C.
A fine cross-shaped yari made by Enju Nobakatsu, with NBTHK Hozon papers.
With designs of four dragons in scrollwork around a "wish-granting-jewel"
N.B.T.H.K. Hozon with a set of Nanban-style koshirae with signed tsuba.
With Tongzhi reign marks, corresponding to the year 1863.
Forged iron, swiveled stirrups with an entirely beaded frame and openwork platforms.
In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries
An early type of Korean soldier's helmet.
The Yi or Nuosuo people are known as Lolo in early Western ethnographic wr
It has a solid pale green jade hilt that is fitted to a silver collar-piece.
With a wide clipped tip with notched upper edge.
An antique set of scabbard fittings for a Chinese saber, probably second ha
This one has the early, peaked form and is signed by its maker.
A pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
An exceptionally well-carved Ainu knife.
Resembling a makiri but with the blade's edge on the opposite side.
The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditi