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Bheema Nayak saber logo

Saber of Bhima Nayak

A south Indian saber carrying the name "Sri Bhima Nayak".
Dhu alfaqar logo

Dhu alfaqar (ذو الفقار)

An Islamic legendary sword.
Large Mughal saber logo

Large Mughal saber

With Persian inspired blade in Hindu basket hilt, both of fine wootz.
Dai dha overall

Fine Chinese Shan dha

Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Husa dha

Husa Valley dha

A type of dha made by the Chinese Shan in Husa Valley, Yunnan.
Hakim shahi

Hakim shahi

A style of Indian sword hilt.
Talwar with true inlay hilt

Large wootz talwar

The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
Talwar

Talwar (तलवार)

The national sword of India.
Hakim khani logo

Hakim khāni

A style of Indian sword hilt
Karan shahi hilt

Karan shāhī

A style of Indian sword hilt
Mindan dha

A Mindan / Yamethin dha

With fine overlaid blade this area was known for.
Large Shan dha

Large Shan dha

With silver-clad scabbard executed in their typical style.
Stone pommel dha

Mindan dha with agate pommel

Its blade portraying the story of one of the previous lives of Guatama Buddha.
Late Qing jian

Late Qing jian

A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
Iron mounted republican jian

Late iron mounted jian

A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
Militia dao

Ming militia dao

From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
Qing militia jian

Seven stars militia jian

A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
Hui dadao

Chinese Hui sword

A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
Dated 1928 dha

Burmese dha dated 1928

A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
Dha shay

Dha shay

A Burmese name for the long dha.
Linkin dha

Linkin dha

A type of dha used by various tribes in northern Burma.
Dalwé

Dalwé

Alternative spelling for dha-lwé. A large dha that was worn slung over the shoulder.
truong dao

Trường đao (長刀)

A large Vietnamese type of falchion sword.
Tibetan sword

Tibetan shortsword

With elaborately pierced and chased silver scabbard.
Ban sword logo

Sikkim "ban" sword

With finer forge folded blade than most of its type.
Steel and Magic

Steel and Magic in Solingen

Earlier this month I was at the opening of the exhibit "Steel and Magic.

Mamluk style sword in talwar hilt

Mamluk style sword in talwar hilt

Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
Algerian yatagan

Fine Algerian yataghan

An exceptionally large example with silver-clad scabbard.
Qijiadao logo

Qijiadao in Vince Evans mounts

The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
Sumbawa sword

A Sumbawa Kabeala

With broad silver-clad scabbard, worked entirely in repousse.
Finely forged kora

A finely forged kora

With very good pattern welded blade, complete with scabbard.
Dha-lwe

Dha-lwé

Burmese for a type of sword worn slung over the shoulder.
Ceremonial guom

Thanh gươm (劍)

Vietnamese for a ceremonial saber.
Republican dadao

1930's Republican dàdāo

Of the exact type seen in use by the famous 29th Route Army.
Antique Vietnamese saber

Vietnamese officer gươm

With staghorn grip finely carved with plum blossoms.
Vietnamese ceremonial guom logo

Very fine ceremonial gươm

An outstanding example with very fine silver and moth-of-pearl work.
Large Burmese dagger

Fine Burmese dha hmyaung

With intricately carved ivory hilt depicting a demon on a horse.
Vietnamese guom

Vietnamese officer's gươm

Of a late 19th century type with a silver-backed hardwood grip.
Boy's brass hilted pata

Boy's brass hilted patá

With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
Fine Indian tegha logo

Indian teghá with fine hilt

With wide, pattern-welded blade.
Tegha logo

Teghá

A type of Indian saber with a broad blade.
Guom logo

Gươm (鎌)

The Vietnamese saber.
Guom truong

Gươm truòng (鎌長)

The Vietnamese two-handed saber.
Ceremonial guom truong

Ceremonial gươm truòng

Of an all-wooden construction, simulating a sheathed long saber.
Vijayanagara pata

Vijayanagara "pata"

A very early example of the type, with locally made rapier style blade.
Zhanmadao logo

Zhǎnmǎdāo (斬馬刀)

Literally, "horse cutting blade". The name of various classical Chinese weapons.
Hudiedao

Butterfly swords

English name for the húdiédāo (蝴蝶刀)
Bat jam do 

Bat jam do (八斬刀)

Cantonese pronunciation for bāzhǎndāo, an alternative name for húdiédāo.
Bazhandao logo

Bāzhǎndāo  (八斬刀)

Alternative name for the húdiédāo.
Kandao

Kǎndāo (砍刀)

Chinese for "chopping saber". An alternative name for the dàdāo.