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Qing rattan shield article logo

Qing military rattan shield production

Translation of a page from Qing regulations that describes the production of the Qing military rattan shield.
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Asian arms in Dutch master paintings

Dutch masters' fascination with exotic Asian wares shown in a series of paintings.
Hirado Kunishige tsuba logo

Enamelled Hirado Kunishige tsuba

Signed Hirado Ju Kunishige
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Hirado Kunishige (平戸市國重)

A group of Japanese sword fitting makers working on the island of Hirado.
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Yidao guard

Exceptionally large pierced iron guard for a Chinese yidao; "virtuous saber".
Korean eunjangdo

A fine Korean eunjangdo

With all silver construction, including the blade.
Katana with horse themed koshirae logo

Katana in horse theme koshirae

Blade signed Sesshū-jū Fujiwara Hiroyoshi, active in the 1670s-80s.
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Three wise monkeys tsuba

Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Han Plain Red Banner saber

Han Plain Red Banner saber

Southern Chinese saber made for a soldier under the Plain Red Banner.
Shimosaka o-tanto

Shimosaka o-tantō

N.B.T.H.K. Hozon with a set of Nanban-style koshirae with signed tsuba.
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Northern Wei shaffron

Silk horse mask from the Xianbei ruled dynasty which ruled northern China from 386 to 534 A.D.
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Tongzhou incident 29th army dàdāo

With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
Golden groove peidao logo

Qing peidao with gold grooves

With fine 18th century blade that combines many stylistic features.
Chinese jade bamboo hilt knife logo

Jade bamboo hilted knife

With spinach green jade handle and carved buffalo horn scabbard.
Important Juyo Ko-Hoki Sadatsuna logo

Important Ko-Hōki Sadatsuna katana

12th-century blade. 33rd Shinsha Juyō Token with sayagaki by Tanobe.
Jumyo katana logo

Jumyo katana with fine koshirae

The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.
Musashi Taro Yasukuni katana logo

Katana by Musashi Taro Yasukuni

Signed, ubu. Complete with tasteful koshirae and Hozon papers.
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Musashi Taro Yasukuni (武蔵太郎安国)

A Japanese swordsmith who lived between 1650-1730.
Chinese fighting knife

Chinese ring pommeled knife

Of a type used by bandits, brigands, pirates, and the like.
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Chinese tiěbiān mace

A Chinese "sword breaker" with the rarer, bamboo-sectioned rod.
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Longquan jiàn by Qian Zi Hao

A Chinese shortsword made by a well-known Longquan maker.
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Cambodian long saber

Sized like the Chinese changren dadao, yet the execution of the hilt is Cambodian.
Diantiao overall

Chinese fighting carrying pole

A heavily executed Chinese carrying pole that was used as a weapon.
Chinese demon head saber

Chinese demon head saber

Based on a Chinese military saber blade, with unusual horn demon hilt
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Shihōzume-gitae (四方詰め鍛え)

Japanese word for a sword construction with a high carbon edge, low carbon core, medium carbon sides and a separate back.
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Hon-sanmai-gitae (本三枚鍛え)

Japanese word for a sword construction with a high carbon edge plate under a soft core, flanked by medium steel.
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Sanmai-gitae (三枚鍛え)

Japanese word for a sword construction with a center high carbon edge plate.
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Wariha-gitae / wariba-gitea (割刃鍛え)

Japanese term for a sword construction with an inserted edge made of higher carbon steel.
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Hyoshigi-gitae (拍子木鍛え)  

Japanese term for a sword construction with an edge made of higher carbon steel.
Maru gitae

Maru-gitae (丸鍛え)

Japanese word for a basic blade construction consisting of one type of steel.
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Construction methods of Japanese swords

This article will describe several methods by which the Japanese joined higher and lower carbon steels into their blades.
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Shin jūgomai kōbuse-gitae (真十五枚甲伏鍛え)

Japanese sword construction that is was found inscribed on some tangs.
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Kōbuse-gitae (甲伏せ鍛え)

Japanese word for a sword construction with high carbon steel outer jacket around a softer core.
Kanetuhu-etuhu point of knife or sword

Kanetuhu / Etuhu

Ainu words for the point of a knife or sword.
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Notak

Ainu word for the edge of a sharp tool like a knife.
Back of knife

Mekkashike

Ainu word for the back of a knife, or sword. Also the ridge of a mountain or house.
Makiri saya

Makiri-saya

Ainu word for the scabbard of a utility knife called makiri.
Makiri nip

Makiri-nip

Ainu word for a knife handle.
Ibehe ainu

Ibehe

Ibehe is an Ainu word for a knife or sword blade.
Nioi

Nioi (匂)

Japanese word for fine martensite crystals in the blade's temperline.
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Nie (沸)

Japanese word for martensite crystals that form in blade under certain conditions.
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Yoki Wazamono (良業物)

Japanese term for a sword with the third highest rated cutting ability.
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Ō Wazamono (大業物)

Japanese term for a sword with the second highest rated cutting ability.
Saijo o wazamono

Saijō Ō Wazamono (最上大業物)

Japanese term for a sword with the highest rated cutting ability.
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Wazamono (業物)

Japanese term for a sword that is tested to cut well.
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Tametsugu (為継)

A Japanese swordsmith in the Shōshū tradition.
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Sōshū sword with tachi koshirae

Tokubetsu Hozon, attributed to Den Tametsugu. With fine itomaki no tachi koshirae.
Itomaki no tachi

Itomaki no tachi (糸巻太刀)

Japanese term for a type of tachi koshirae.
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Koshirae (拵)

Japanese term for the mountings of an edged weapon.
Early Tibetan or Mongol quiver

Mongol conquest period quiver

Carbon dated to 1175-1275 A.D. with 95,4% certainty, the height of the Mongol conquest period.