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Lóngquán (龍泉)

A town in Zhejiang province, China, known as a sword making center.
Yunnan Dai dagger

A fine Yunnan Dai dagger

With characteristic bulb pommel and silver plating on hilt and scabbard.
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Bāguà (八卦) "Eight Trigrams"

Chinese meaning "Eight Trigrams", representing the fundamental principles of our world.
S-shaped Chinese spearhead

Wavy Chinese spearhead

Of a rarer form, often used for ceremonial pole-arms.
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Asian arms in Dutch master paintings

Dutch masters' fascination with exotic Asian wares shown in a series of paintings.
Hudiedao with Tongsheng marking

Signed húdiédāo set

Of military style with long, narrow blades and ribbed hardwood grips.
Daoist shuangjian

Lóngquán Daoist shuāngjiàn

A very good set of Daoist straightswords in a single scabbard. There is a lot to see here, but I will start with the blades.
Kankyuto

Kankyûtô (貫級刀/貫首刀)

Japanese word for a samurai tool.
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An Edo period kankyûtô

A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
Kozuka

Kozuka (小柄)

Japanese name of a small utility knife worn in sword and dagger scabbards.
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Signed nakago kozuka

A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
Chinese báitóng whip

Chinese báitóng whip

A Chinese traditional hidden striking weapon, this time executed in the "white copper" alloy.
A Chinese executioners sword logo

A Chinese headman's sword

Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
Japanese uchidashi armor plate logo

Japanese steel plate

Worked in repousse, possibly once part of an ornamental piece of armor.
Long spear manufacture logo

Construction of the Qing dynasty long spear

From an 1812 text regarding the manufacture of Qing military equipment.
19th century Qing fangshi peidao logo

Qing fangshi soldier's saber

A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
Burmese hilted wakizashi in Indian scabbard logo

Wakizashi in Burmese hilt

An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
Mail coif

Kusari zukin (鎖頭巾)

Japanese name for the hood of a mail armor set.
Japanese mail jacket

Kusari katabira (鎖帷子)

Japanese name for a jacket of mail armor.
Mail logo

Kusari gusoku (鎖具足)

Japanese word for mail armor.
Japanese mail logo

Kusari (鎖)

Japanese word for "chain", also used to describe mail armor.
Japanese mail kusari zukin

Kusari katabira zukin

Japanese mail set, with small ring vest and coif sewn to a thick cotton undergarment.
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Pierced iron saddle

Executed in the Tibetan style, exhibiting dragons in foliage chasing flaming jewels.
Antique Chinese spearhead logo

Antique Chinese spearhead 3

Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
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Antique Chinese spearhead 2

Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
Antique Chinese spearhead

Antique Chinese spearhead

Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
Unusual Taiwanese sword logo

Unusual Taiwanese sword

With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.
Tongzhou incident dadao logo

Tongzhou incident 29th army dàdāo

With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
Ju Yuan Hao bow by Yang Wentong

Bow by Yang Wentong

One of the last bows by Yang Wentong, father of Yang Fuxi.
Korean war arrow

Rare Korean war arrow

With a large double-edged tip and golden cresting.
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On weight and balance

In researching antique arms -or any kind of material culture for that matter- it is of paramount importance to actually feel and handle pieces.
Hudiedao logo

Very good hudiedao set

With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
Western Chinese dao logo

An unusual minority dao

The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
Ju Yuan Hao target arrow logo

Chinese target arrow

With snake skin nock. Probably made by Ju Yuan Hao in the 1950s.
Bow making quarters logo

Gōng jiàng yíng (弓匠營)

The bow and arrow maker's quarters in Beijing.
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Yáng Fúxǐ (杨福喜)

Manchu bow maker of the Jù Yuán Hào (聚元號) shop, Beijing. Active 1998-present.
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Yáng Wéntōng (杨文通)

A 20th-century Manchu bow maker of the Jù Yuán Hào (聚元號) shop, Beijing.
Yang Ruilin

Yáng Ruìlín (杨瑞林)

A Manchu bow maker. Owned Jù Yuán Hào (聚元號).
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Jù Yuán Hào (聚元號)

A famous bow making shop in Beijing, still active.
Yang Wentong bow logo

Bow by Ju Yuan Hao of Beijing

Made by the last operational bowyer of China, probably for the Mongolian market.
Tsuba logo

Tsuba (鍔 / 鐔)

Japanese name for a sword guard.
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Wōdāo (倭刀 / 窩刀)

Chinese term for a Japanese sword, or a large saber with strong Japanese influence.
Qing miaodao logo

Miáodāo (苗刀)

Chinese name for a slender, curved saber. Often associated with large two-handers.
Qing bowcase and quiver

Iron mounted Qing bowcase & quiver

With iron mounts with golden overlay of dragons.
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Bàojiàn (骲箭)

Chinese name for a class of arrows with a large, non-ferrous head. Many are whistles, some are blunts.
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Liùdàomù (六道木)

Chinese name for a strong and heavy wood used for staffs and arrow shafts.
Republican era whistling arrow with burl wood head

Republican period whistle arrow

Dating from the revival period of Chinese archery in the 1930s.
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Gim (劍)

The Cantonese word for the Chinese straightsword.
Changdao logo

Chángdāo (長刀)

Chinese term for "long saber".
Chinese loukong export guard

Chinese lòukōng sword guard

The archetypical Chinese sword guard that gave rise to the Japanese genre of "nanban tsuba".