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.
On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
With cast-bronze guarding figure hilt.
Of an all-wooden construction, simulating a sheathed long saber.
In original condition and period finish. Some losses, no repairs.
A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
The famous sidearm of the headhunters of Borneo.
A charming and somewhat unusual example of a Thai dáap (ดาบ).
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.
Also known as pedang lurus.
An unusual dha with features of various cultures.
In excavated condition. Probably 15th-17th century.
With double tiered golden crown.
A saber that is peculiar to the southern part of the island of Borneo.
Of a late 19th century type with a silver-backed hardwood grip.
The sword of the Murut headhunters of northern Borneo.
A typical example of the better sikin panjang with a golden crown.
A sikin panjang with a triple golden crown.
Of very good quality for this type of weapon.
With finely carved horn hilt, silver mounts and reshaped European blade.
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.
Also called klewang sasak by Indonesian collectors.
With rare pale buffalo horn hilt with gold alloy inlays.
With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
With less common wooden hilt and elaborately inlaid blade in brass, copper and silver.
A rare Burmese weapon combining a percussion carbine with a short sword.
With staghorn grip finely carved with plum blossoms.
From the Aceh region, described locally as peudeueng peusangan with a "hulu meu apet" or Indian styled basket hilt.
Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
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 a Parisian blade carrying the royal emblem of King Rama IV.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
A signed and dated Burmese dha.
With triple tiered golden crown with enamel decor.
With inscription that reads: Raja Pagaruyung or "ruler of Pagaruyung".
A Palembang style sword with a fine twist-core blade and carved hardwood scabbard.
With silver-clad scabbard executed in their typical style.
With fine overlaid blade this area was known for.
A magnificent example of a Vietnamese ceremonial saber, or guőm.
With captured French blade, ground down to fit.
Its blade portraying the story of one of the previous lives of Guatama Buddha.