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Zi Qín Jì

Zi Qín Jì (子勤記)

A Chinese sword maker's shop that was active during the Guangxu period (1875 - 1908).


Sinhala for the point of a sword blade.


Sinhala for the edge on a sword blade.


Sinhala for grooves on a blade. (Fullers).


Sinhala for "blade".
Sinhalese sword blade

Kadu patha

Sinhala for blade.


Sinhala for side plates on a sword.
Sérapéṅdiya mūna

Sérapéṅdiya mūna

Sinhala for the head of a mythical bird. Often used as sword ornament.

Vari sārkawa

Sinhala for the quillons on a Sinhalese sword.
Sinhalese knuckle guard

Ath häde

Sinhala for "knuckle guard".
Knuckle guard

Ath väsma

Sinhala term given by Deraniyagala for "knuckle guard".
Lion hilt

Siṃha mūnu mitta

Sinhala for "lion-faced hilt"


Sinhala for "hilt".


Sinhala for "pommel".
Simha logo


Sinhalese for "lion". The national symbol of the Sinhalese people.
Rusty saber

Dāo shàng xiù (刀上鏥)

Language: Mandarin Chinese
Source: Classical literature

Kasthane logo

Sinhalese kasthāné dated 1776

A very fine specimen, complete with ruby-set scabbard.
Spine logo

dāo bèi (刀背)

Qing Chinese for the back of a blade.
Qing saber lanyard

Yāodāo xìzi (腰刀繫子)

Language: Mandarin Chinese

daoqiao dishu

Dāoqiào bìshù (刀鞘庇束)

Qing Chinese for the two mounts on either end of a saber scabbard.
Saber suspension bar

Dāo shù liáng (刀束樑)

Language: Mandarin Chinese
Source: Classical literature

Yaodao logo

Yāodāo (腰刀)

Literally "waist saber", the standard military saber of the Qing.
Tang logo

Sǔn (榫)

Language: Mandarin Chinese
Source: Classical literature

Nick in a Chinese saber blade

Dāo rèn bēng (刀刃崩)

Qing Chinese for edge damage on a saber blade.
Chinese saber blade

Dāo rèn (刀刃)

Qing Chinese for saber edge / saber blade.
Simple chape

Dāo dǐ gū (刀底箍)

Qing Chinese for a saber scabbard endpiece.
Saber endpiece

Dāo dǐ yún (刀底雲)

Qing Chinese for a specific type of scabbard endpiece.

Dāo qiào dǐ shù (刀鞘底束)

Qing Chinese for saber scabbard endpiece.
Suspension bar

Dāo liáng (刀梁)

Qing Chinese for the suspension bar on a saber scabbard.
Suspension bar

Qiàoshàng shuāngyǎn shù (鞘上雙眼束)

Qing Chinese for the suspension bar on a scabbard.
Suspension bar

Dāo shùliáng (刀束樑)

Qing Chinese for the suspension bar on a saber scabbard.
Suspension bands

Dāoqiào zhōngshù (刀鞘中束)

Qing Chinese for "saber suspension bands".
Saber binder

Dāoqiào shù (刀鞘束)

Qing Chinese for saber scabbard mounts.
Jian scabbard logo

Qiào kǒugū (鞘口箍)

Qing Chinese for the mouthpiece of a scabbard.
Scabbard mouthpiece

Dāoqiào kǒugū (刀鞘口箍)

Qing Chinese for the mouthpiece of a saber scabbard.
Qing saber scabbard

Dāoqiào (刀鞘)

Qing Chinese for "saber scabbard".
Saber grooves

Dāo cáo (刀槽)

Qing Chinese for a groove in a saber blade.
Dao tunkou

Dāo tūnkǒu (刀吞口)

Qing Chinese term for the collar-piece found on some Chinese sabers.
Saber guard logo

Dāo hūshǒu (刀護手)

Qing Chinese for "saber guard".
Saber ferrule

Dāobǎ shù (刀把束)

Qing Chinese for the ferrule of a saber hilt.
Chinese saber pommel

Dāobǎ dǐngshù (刀把頂束)

Qing Chinese for "saber pommel".
Chinese saber grip

Dāobǎ (刀把 / 刀把)

Qing Chinese for "saber grip".
Pulouar logo


A saber associated with the Pashtuns of present-day Afghanistan.
An Afghan pulouar logo

A very good Afghan pulouar

With wootz handle with fine pierced pommel dome.
Fangshi revival saber logo

Fangshi officer's saber

With a good blade and a set of fittings that exceed the quality of most of this period.
Early Chinese saber with raised backedge logo

Early yútóudāo

With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
Yunnan Dai presentation dha logo

Chinese Shan presentation dha

Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
Kachin dha logo

A Kachin dha

A large Kachin style square-ended dha in Shan style mountings.
Yutoudao logo

Yútóudāo (魚頭刀)

A subtype of Chinese sabers with a fairly straight blade that sweeps up at the tip, and with a peaked spine.
A Chinese peidao logo

Pèidāo (佩刀)

Literally "waist-worn-saber".