Presented in this article is a somewhat rare example of a purely practical Vietna
A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
The sword and everyday tool of the headhunters of Borneo.
These sabers from Kalimantan exhibit a mix of European, Islamic, and local styles.
With a very good, substantial blade with differential heat treatment.
An almost textbook example of a silver-plated kalasan.
The famous sidearm of the headhunters of Borneo.
On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
Of an all-wooden construction, simulating a sheathed long saber.
With cast-bronze guarding figure hilt.
In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.
A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
In original condition and period finish. Some losses, no repairs.
A charming and somewhat unusual example of a Thai dáap (ดาบ).
With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
An unusual Vietnamese officer saber of the 19th century, with an all-horn hilt.
Showing the strong Japanese influence on Vietnamese sword making of the time.
A saber that is peculiar to the southern part of the island of Borneo.
Also known as pedang lurus.
With double tiered golden crown.
An unusual dha with features of various cultures.
In excavated condition. Probably 15th-17th century.
Of a late 19th century type with a silver-backed hardwood grip.
A typical example of the better sikin panjang with a golden crown.
A sikin panjang with a triple golden crown.
With less common wooden hilt and elaborately inlaid blade in brass, copper and silver.
The sword of the Murut headhunters of northern Borneo.
Of very good quality for this type of weapon.
With finely carved horn hilt, silver mounts and reshaped European blade.
A rather unusual Vietnamese falchion, by lack of a better n
Found in excavated condition, published with results of c-14 and XRF analysis.
Ornate Vietnamese guőm (
Made of a single piece of ivory, with a kneeling figure in its base.
A large Kachin style square-ended dha in Shan style mountings.
With rare pale buffalo horn hilt with gold alloy inlays.
Also called klewang sasak by Indonesian collectors.
With Hindu style basket hilt and local blade in European style.
With broad silver-clad scabbard, worked entirely in repousse.
With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
With staghorn grip finely carved with plum blossoms.
A rare Burmese weapon combining a percussion carbine with a short sword.
Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
From the Aceh region, described locally as peudeueng peusangan with a "hulu meu apet" or Indian styled basket hilt.
Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.
An earlier example with an iconographic hilt.
These ornate versions with hairpin forged blades were worn by local royalty.
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
With intricately carved ivory hilt depicting a demon on a horse.
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
A signed and dated Burmese dha.
With a Parisian blade carrying the royal emblem of King Rama IV.