Broad Vietnamese fighting knife
Overall length

35 cm

Blade length

24.7 cm

Blade thickness

Base 5 mm

Middle 4 mm

5 cm from tip 2.7 mm

Blade width

Base 45 mm

Middle 45 mm

5 cm from tip 41 mm

Weight

464 grams

Point of balance

3.4 cm from guard

Materials

Iron, steel, brass, buffalo horn

Origin

Northern Vietnam

Dating

Circa 1850-1900

Provenance

From a Hong Kong based collector

Price €900, -

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Description

An interesting knife with a broad blade with clipped tip, much like some Southern Chinese húdiédāo (蝴蝶刀) but without the D-shaped guard characteristic for those.1 The blade is forge folded, with inserted high-carbon edge and subtle layering seen on both sides.

Both sides of the blade are engraved with the squiggly lines that are characteristic for northern Vietnamese work. On the left side is chiseled the character which reads běn in Chinese and could mean several things including "root", "source", or "origin". The Vietnamese also used Chinese characters but often in a different way, so it could mean something else entirely in that language.

The hilt consists of a fluted horn grip with two brass ferrules, a substantial brass guard, and a heavy facetted pommel that counterbalances the blade nicely, and can be used for striking.

The blade is in new polish by Philip Tom and comes with a plain wooden resting scabbard to protect the blade.

 

Resting scabbard

 

Notes
1. See my glossary article: Húdiédāo (蝴蝶刀).

 

 

Broad Vietnamese fighting knife
Broad Vietnamese fighting knife
Broad Vietnamese fighting knife
Broad Vietnamese fighting knife
Broad Vietnamese fighting knife
Broad Vietnamese fighting knife
Broad Vietnamese fighting knife
Broad Vietnamese fighting knife
Broad Vietnamese fighting knife

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