Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Overall length

Sheathed 34.3 cm

Knife 30.7 cm

Blade length

19.3 cm

Blade thickness

Base 7.5 mm

Middle 5.5 mm

Blade width

Base 29 mm

Middle 26 mm

Weight without scabbard

261 grams

Point of balance

13 mm from hilt side of guard

Materials

Iron/steel, horn, brass, silver, copper, wood, leather, cotton

Origin

North Vietnam

Provenance

European antiques market

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Description

 A charming fighting knife from northern Vietnam. It is of a type that was also widely in use in southern China, but especially some of the detailing points towards Vietnam rather than China.

It has a thick blade with a straight spine and a curved edge. The blade's body is forge folded over a high carbon steel plate that is exposed at the edge.

The hilt is comprised of a carved piece of buffalo horn, ribbed for added grip, with two copper ferrules. The guard is a fairly thick piece of brass, chiseled with two monster heads, one on either side, as also seen in Nguyễn dynasty architecture. The pommel is a brass nut with facetted sides. Ferrules, guard, and pommel are further decorated with pieces of silver wire.

The piece comes complete with a wooden scabbard, covered with dark brown pigskin and still retaining its old red cotton tassel.

A very charming and unusual piece.

Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife

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