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Asia, East (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan)
Qing military rattan shield production
Translation of a page from Qing regulations that describes the production of the Qing military rattan shield.
Asian arms in Dutch master paintings
Dutch masters' fascination with exotic Asian wares shown in a series of paintings.
Enamelled Hirado Kunishige tsuba
Signed Hirado Ju Kunishige
Hirado Kunishige (平戸市國重)
A group of Japanese sword fitting makers working on the island of Hirado.
Exceptionally large pierced iron guard for a Chinese yidao; "virtuous saber".
A fine Korean eunjangdo
With all silver construction, including the blade.
Katana in horse theme koshirae
Blade signed Sesshū-jū Fujiwara Hiroyoshi, active in the 1670s-80s.
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
Southern Chinese saber made for a soldier under the Plain Red Banner.
N.B.T.H.K. Hozon with a set of Nanban-style koshirae with signed tsuba.
Northern Wei shaffron
Silk horse mask from the Xianbei ruled dynasty which ruled northern China from 386 to 534 A.D.
Tongzhou incident 29th army dàdāo
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
Qing peidao with gold grooves
With fine 18th century blade that combines many stylistic features.
Jade bamboo hilted knife
With spinach green jade handle and carved buffalo horn scabbard.
Important Ko-Hōki Sadatsuna katana
12th-century blade. 33rd Shinsha Juyō Token with sayagaki by Tanobe.
Jumyo katana with fine koshirae
The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.
Katana by Musashi Taro Yasukuni
Signed, ubu. Complete with tasteful koshirae and Hozon papers.
Musashi Taro Yasukuni (武蔵太郎安国)
A Japanese swordsmith who lived between 1650-1730.
Chinese ring pommeled knife
Of a type used by bandits, brigands, pirates, and the like.
Chinese tiěbiān mace
A Chinese "sword breaker" with the rarer, bamboo-sectioned rod.
Longquan jiàn by Qian Zi Hao
A Chinese shortsword made by a well-known Longquan maker.
Cambodian long saber
Sized like the Chinese changren dadao, yet the execution of the hilt is Cambodian.
Chinese fighting carrying pole
A heavily executed Chinese carrying pole that was used as a weapon.
Chinese demon head saber
Based on a Chinese military saber blade, with unusual horn demon hilt
Japanese word for a sword construction with a high carbon edge, low carbon core, medium carbon sides and a separate back.
Japanese word for a sword construction with a high carbon edge plate under a soft core, flanked by medium steel.
Japanese word for a sword construction with a center high carbon edge plate.
Wariha-gitae / wariba-gitea (割刃鍛え)
Japanese term for a sword construction with an inserted edge made of higher carbon steel.
Japanese term for a sword construction with an edge made of higher carbon steel.
Japanese word for a basic blade construction consisting of one type of steel.
Construction methods of Japanese swords
This article will describe several methods by which the Japanese joined higher and lower carbon steels into their blades.
Shin jūgomai kōbuse-gitae (真十五枚甲伏鍛え)
Japanese sword construction that is was found inscribed on some tangs.
Japanese word for a sword construction with high carbon steel outer jacket around a softer core.
Kanetuhu / Etuhu
Ainu words for the point of a knife or sword.
Ainu word for the edge of a sharp tool like a knife.
Ainu word for the back of a knife, or sword. Also the ridge of a mountain or house.
Ainu word for the scabbard of a utility knife called makiri.
Ainu word for a knife handle.
Ibehe is an Ainu word for a knife or sword blade.
Japanese word for fine martensite crystals in the blade's temperline.
Japanese word for martensite crystals that form in blade under certain conditions.
Yoki Wazamono (良業物)
Japanese term for a sword with the third highest rated cutting ability.
Ō Wazamono (大業物)
Japanese term for a sword with the second highest rated cutting ability.
Saijō Ō Wazamono (最上大業物)
Japanese term for a sword with the highest rated cutting ability.
Japanese term for a sword that is tested to cut well.
A Japanese swordsmith in the Shōshū tradition.
Sōshū sword with tachi koshirae
Tokubetsu Hozon, attributed to Den Tametsugu. With fine itomaki no tachi koshirae.
Itomaki no tachi (糸巻太刀)
Japanese term for a type of tachi koshirae.
Japanese term for the mountings of an edged weapon.
Mongol conquest period quiver
Carbon dated to 1175-1275 A.D. with 95,4% certainty, the height of the Mongol conquest period.