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Dāo (刀)

Used to describe a wide variety of single-edged tools and weapons.
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Yànchìdāo (雁翅刀)

Chinese saber type with a gently curved blade and clipped tip.
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Liǔyèdāo (柳葉刀)

A Chinese saber with a gentle curve.
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Yànmáodāo (雁毛刀)

A Chinese saber type with a mainly straight blade that curves up at the tip. It literally means "goose-quill-saber".
18th-century peidao in iron fangshi mounts

Peidao in iron fangshi mounts

Introduction

The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use simultaneously in Q

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A typology of Chinese sabers

Introduction

Historical references on Chinese saber types are scarce, and the information they provide scan

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Spears of the Qing dynasty

In this article I highlight a number of spears used by the Qing dynasty military.
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Edged Weapons of the Green Standard Army

The Green Standard Army was a large standing army of the Qing dynasty.

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Chinese long sabers of the Qing dynasty

In the late Ming dynasty, Chinese coasts were raided by Japanese pirates -mockingly called 倭寇 wokou or "Dwar