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Large Qing military sword
Probably of Southern origin, with a straight blade and flaring tip.
Chinese village dāo
A simple utilitarian weapon, probably made for rural martial artists or militia.
Large Chinese hunting knife
With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
Unusual Chinese saber
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
On weight and balance
In researching antique arms -or any kind of material culture for that matter- it is of paramount importance to actually feel and handle pieces.
An unusual minority dao
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
Manchu word for the tip of a saber.
Trường đao (長刀)
A large Vietnamese type of falchion sword.
Dāo fēng (刀鋒)
The point of a blade.
Used to describe a wide variety of single-edged tools and weapons.
Early Chinese duǎndāo
With rare downward curving grip as seen on artwork of the 17th and 18th centuries.