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Edged hilt weapons
Saber of Bhima Nayak
A south Indian saber carrying the name "Sri Bhima Nayak".
Dhu alfaqar (ذو الفقار)
An Islamic legendary sword.
Large Mughal saber
With Persian inspired blade in Hindu basket hilt, both of fine wootz.
Fine Chinese Shan dha
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Husa Valley dha
A type of dha made by the Chinese Shan in Husa Valley, Yunnan.
A style of Indian sword hilt.
Large wootz talwar
The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
The national sword of India.
A style of Indian sword hilt
A style of Indian sword hilt
A Mindan / Yamethin dha
With fine overlaid blade this area was known for.
Large Shan dha
With silver-clad scabbard executed in their typical style.
Mindan dha with agate pommel
Its blade portraying the story of one of the previous lives of Guatama Buddha.
Late Qing jian
A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
Late iron mounted jian
A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
Ming militia dao
From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
Seven stars militia jian
A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
Chinese Hui sword
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
Burmese dha dated 1928
A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
A Burmese name for the long dha.
A type of dha used by various tribes in northern Burma.
Alternative spelling for dha-lwé. A large dha that was worn slung over the shoulder.
Trường đao (長刀)
A large Vietnamese type of falchion sword.
With elaborately pierced and chased silver scabbard.
Sikkim "ban" sword
With finer forge folded blade than most of its type.
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
Chiseled with a rare type of decor on the base, and with two Islamic inscriptions.
Fine Algerian yataghan
An exceptionally large example with silver-clad scabbard.
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.
A Sumbawa Kabeala
With broad silver-clad scabbard, worked entirely in repousse.
A finely forged kora
With very good pattern welded blade, complete with scabbard.
Burmese for a type of sword worn slung over the shoulder.
Thanh gươm (劍)
Vietnamese for a ceremonial saber.
1930's Republican dàdāo
Of the exact type seen in use by the famous 29th Route Army.
Vietnamese officer gươm
With staghorn grip finely carved with plum blossoms.
Very fine ceremonial gươm
An outstanding example with very fine silver and moth-of-pearl work.
Fine Burmese dha hmyaung
With intricately carved ivory hilt depicting a demon on a horse.
Vietnamese officer's gươm
Of a late 19th century type with a silver-backed hardwood grip.
Boy's brass hilted patá
With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
Indian teghá with fine hilt
With wide, pattern-welded blade.
A type of Indian saber with a broad blade.
The Vietnamese saber.
Gươm truòng (鎌長)
The Vietnamese two-handed saber.
Ceremonial gươm truòng
Of an all-wooden construction, simulating a sheathed long saber.
A very early example of the type, with locally made rapier style blade.
Literally, "horse cutting blade". The name of various classical Chinese weapons.
English name for the húdiédāo (蝴蝶刀)
Bat jam do (八斬刀)
Cantonese pronunciation for bāzhǎndāo, an alternative name for húdiédāo.
Alternative name for the húdiédāo.
Chinese for "chopping saber". An alternative name for the dàdāo.