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Chángdāo (長刀)

Chinese term for "long saber".
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Āṅa khol khukurī (आङ आङ खुकुरी)

A subtype of khukurī that has a single fuller in the main portion of the blade.
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Āṅa khukurī (आङ खुकुरी)

A subtype of khukurī that has no fullers in the main portion of the blade.
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Tīna cirā khukurī (तीन चिरा खुकुरी)

A subtype of khukurī that has three fullers in the main portion of the blade.
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Du'i cirā khukurī (दुइ चिरा खुकुरी)

A subtype of khukurī that has two fullers in the main portion of the blade.
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Silver khukuri with bone grip

Often called "kothimora khukuri", with scabbards mounted in repousse and pierced silver.
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Jamdhar (جامدار )

Persian word meaning "demon's tooth", used to describe daggers.
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Yem nguyệt đao (偃月刀)

Vietnamese version of the Chinese yǎnyuèdāo (偃月刀)
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Hakim shahi

A style of Indian sword hilt.
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Hakim khāni

A style of Indian sword hilt
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Karan shāhī

A style of Indian sword hilt
Dalwé

Dalwé

Alternative spelling for dha-lwé. A large dha that was worn slung over the shoulder.
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Trường đao (長刀)

A large Vietnamese type of falchion sword.
Shundao

Shùndāo (順刀)

Chinese name for a type of large hunting knife.
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Qīnglóng yǎnyuèdāo (青龍偃月刀)

The mythical pole arm of Guan Yu.
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Zhǎnmǎdāo (斬馬刀)

Literally, "horse cutting blade". The name of various classical Chinese weapons.
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Bāzhǎndāo  (八斬刀)

Alternative name for the húdiédāo.
Kandao

Kǎndāo (砍刀)

Chinese for "chopping saber". An alternative name for the dàdāo.
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Dàdāo (大刀)

Literally "big knife", it is primarily associated with the iconic broad saber of post-imperial China.
Chunqiudao

Chūnqiūdāo (春秋刀)

Literally: "Spring-autumn blade", an alternative name for the yǎnyuèdāo.
Yanyuedao

Yǎnyuèdāo (掩月刀)

Name by which the yǎnyuèdāo (偃月刀) first appears in the 11th century.
Guandao

Guāndāo (關刀)

A commonly used name for the yǎnyuèdāo (偃月刀).
Hudiedao

Húdiédāo (蝴蝶刀)

A type of Chinese double swords with D-shaped guards.
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Green Standard Army Zhanmadao

The Green Standard Army Zhanmadao was a large two-handed saber of the Qing dynasty.

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Yāodāo (腰刀)

Literally "waist saber", the standard military saber of the Qing.
Yanyuedao

Yǎnyuèdāo (偃月刀)

"Reclining moon blade", an iconic Chinese polearm.
Pata

Dandpatta

The Marathi name for the pata, a gauntlet sword thought to have been developed by them.
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Khanda

A type of Indian sword with a heavy, straight blade that widens at the top.
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Yútóudāo (魚頭刀)

A subtype of Chinese sabers with a peaked spine.
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Pèidāo (佩刀)

Literally "waist-worn-saber".
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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".
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Dāndāo (單刀)

Literally "single saber", it refers to any type of dāo used solely without shield or weapon in the other hand.
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Niúwěidāo (牛尾刀)

A late form of Chinese saber with a pronounced widening at the tip.
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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