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Tongzhou incident dadao logo

Tongzhou incident 29th army dàdāo

With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
Weight & balance logo

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.
Mata-djoh logo

Mata-djoh

Long Way Dayak word for a type of decoration consisting of S-shaped ornaments.
Tap-set-sien logo

Tap-set-sien

Long Way Dayak word for a type of decoration seen on mandau blades.
Mata kalong logo

Mata kalong

Long Way Dayak word for a type of decoration seen on mandau blades.
Li po tong tip style logo

Li-po-tong

Long Way Dayak word for a type of mandau tip.
Dayak lidjib mandau logo

Lidjib

Long Way Dayak word for a type of mandau tip.
Dayak mandau tip shape logo

Longna

Long Way Dayak word for a type of mandau tip.
Leng mandau tip

Monong

Long Way Dayak name for a type of mandau tip.
Leng tip logo

Leng

Long Way Dayak word for a variety of mandau.
Parang ilang logo

Parang ilang

Alternative name for the mandau of Borneo
Fine inlaid mandau

A fine mandau

With less common wooden hilt and elaborately inlaid blade in brass, copper and silver.
Kenyah mandau logo

A Kenyah mandau

The famous sidearm of the headhunters of Borneo.
Mandau

Mandau

Popular name for the common sword of Borneo.
Wootz shamshir with talwar hilt logo

Talwar hilted shamshir

With a very fine Persian blade of "brilliant black" wootz.
Mala logo

Mala (माला)

Hindi for the lap welds seen on swords.
Wootz shamshir lahore hilt

Lahore talwar hilted shamshir

Persian wootz shamshir in a talwar hilt from Lahore.
Nias Telogu

Telögu

Nias word for a specific type of sword.
Nias belatu logo

Belatu

Generic Nias word for "knife" or "sword".
Nias telogu logo

A fine south Nias telögu

With rare pale buffalo horn hilt with gold alloy inlays.
Very fine Sinhalese kasthāné

Very fine Sinhalese kasthāné

With parcel gilding and ruby eyes, in a fine silver repousse scabbard.
Lin gin logo

Hkamti dha (ခန္တီး ဓား)

Burmese trade name of the lin gin, a machete-like sword.
Western Chinese dao logo

An unusual minority dao

The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
Thai Daap logo

Dàap (ดาบ)

Thai word for a single-edged sword.
Brass mounted Thai daap

Brass mounted Thai dáap

Description

A charming and somewhat unusual example of a Thai dáap (ดาบ).

Humble dha with Mindan blade logo

Plain mounted Mindan dha

Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
Early Mindan style dha logo

Early silver Burmese dha

With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
Burmese silver overlaid dha

Burmese silver overlaid dha

On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
Dalwe

Dalwe (ဓားလွယ်)

Burmese type of sword, worn in scabbard slung from the shoulder.
Lin gin

Lin gin (လင်းကင်း)

Burmese for a machete-like that was used widely in Kachin state and Assam.
Shan da logo

Shan da (ရှမ်းဓား)

Burmese word for the Shan sword with pointed blade.
A visual dha glossary logo

A Burmese da glossary

A glossary of the terminology of the Burmese dha and related items.
Mandau logo

A mandau sword

The sword and everyday tool of the headhunters of Borneo.
Mindan dha logo

Mindan dha

Name for fine dha with fine overlaid blades. Named after Mindan village where they were made.
Kachin dha logo

Tribal Kachin dha

A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
Pedang benkok logo

Pedang bengkok

Indonesian word meaning "curved sword".
Wodao logo

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.
Jian logo

Gim (劍)

The Cantonese word for the Chinese straightsword.
Pedang lurus logo

Pedang lurus

Indonesian term meaning "straight sword". Often used to describe a specific silver-clad shortsword.
Nepalese steel

Ispāt (इस्पात्)

Nepali word for steel.
Changdao logo

Chángdāo (長刀)

Chinese term for "long saber".
Ottoman pala beset with coral and turquoises

An Ottoman coral studded pala

With gilt copper scabbard and multi-row twist-core blade.
Jian guard logo

Hūshǒu (護手)

Chinese for the handguard of a weapon.
Parang nabur logo

Parang nabur

A type of saber from the southern part of Kalimantan.
Parang nabur logo

Parang nabur with báitóng hilt

These sabers from Kalimantan exhibit a mix of European, Islamic, and local styles.
Late Qing jian logo

A fine late Qing jian

A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
Cantonese saber logo

Cantonese saber

With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
A southern dao logo

Southern Chinese saber

Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.