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Ming jian logo

Ming jian with chiseled mounts

A very early, full-length type, rarely seen with chiseled iron mounts.
Burmese double knives

Burmese double knives

A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
Signed and dated Burmese dha

The Rundle dha of 1898

A signed and dated Burmese dha.
Ivory hilted dha logo

Ivory hilted dha

An earlier example with an iconographic hilt.
Zi Qín Jì

Zi Qín Jì (子勤記)

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

Burmese sword carbine

A rare Burmese weapon combining a percussion carbine with a short sword.


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

Double kiem logo

Matched Vietnamese kiếm pair

With carved stone handles and superb workmanship in silver and mother-of-pearl.
Kasthane logo

Sinhalese kasthāné dated 1776

A very fine specimen, complete with ruby-set scabbard.
Point of a blade

Dāo fēng (刀鋒)

The point of a blade.
Spine logo

dāo bèi (刀背)

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

Yāodāo xìzi (腰刀繫子)

Qing Chinese for saber lanyard.
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

Song kiem logo

Song kiếm (雙劍)

The Vietnamese double sword.
Vietnamese kiem logo

Kiếm (劍)

The double-edged straightsword of Vietnam.
Malabar sword

Kayamkulam vaal

A type of straightsword of the Malabar coast.
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".
Sikin Panjang with golden crowns

Triple golden crown sikin

sikin panjang with a triple golden crown.

Saber grooves

Dāo cáo (刀槽)

Qing Chinese for a groove in a saber blade.
Panglima prang

Panglima prang

Literally "war commander" were military leaders appointed by the elite in Aceh.
Sikin panjang

Sikin panjang

A straight, single-edged sword with forked hilt used in northern Sumatra.