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.
An early Chinese militia jiàn most likely dating from the Ming.
These sabers from Kalimantan exhibit a mix of European, Islamic, and local styles.
With a very good, substantial blade with differential heat treatment.
A late Qing dynasty niuweidao (牛尾刀) or "oxtail sa
An almost textbook example of a silver-plated kalasan.
On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
With cast-bronze guarding figure hilt.
In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.
A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
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.
Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.
The famous sidearm of the headhunters of Borneo.
A charming and somewhat unusual example of a Thai dáap (ดาบ).
With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
In Punjabi style hilt, with elaborately chiseled blade.
A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
A classic set of Chinese double swords, complete with suspension and hook.
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.
A fine eastern Tibetan example with silver braided scabbard mounts.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
In excavated condition. Probably 15th-17th century.
With a curved hollow ground blade with a narrow dorsal groove and false backedge.
With Daoist talisman and Longquan markings.
With double tiered golden crown.
With finer forge folded blade than most of its type.
A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
A south Indian saber carrying the name "Sri Bhima Nayak".
A saber that is peculiar to the southern part of the island of Borneo.
A paired jian of fushou type, with carved hardwood scabbard.
Of a late 19th century type with a silver-backed hardwood grip.
An old warhorse with several repairs.
The sword of the Murut headhunters of northern Borneo.
An early version of this iconic Indian weapon, with its characteristic swollen tip.
A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
Of the exact type seen in use by the famous 29th Route Army.
An unusual piece: Jian with these mountings are usually of the long type, o
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.
A classic duanjian, but of somewhat earlier manufacture than most.
The dadao is the iconic weapon of republican
A rather unusual Vietnamese falchion, by lack of a better n