This Chinese liǔyèdāo is an excellent example of Chinese bladesmithing at its best.
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for the Qing dynasty mi
The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use simultaneously in Q
A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th century.
The peidao (佩刀) or yaodao (腰刀) was the main hilted
Most Chinese swords and sabers are made with a hard high carbon steel edge plate sandwich
The ridged and facetted blade shape that is so well known nowadays from Japane