A late Qing dynasty niuweidao (牛尾刀) or "oxtail sa
Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.
The ridged and facetted blade shape that is so well known
Most Chinese swords and sabers are made with a hard high carbon steel
With rare raised backedge.
The peidao (佩刀) or yaodao (腰刀)
Yet another type that I had not yet seen before.
An extremely rare and possibly unique type of Chinese officer's saber, or peidao, of the 18th century.
The dadao is the iconic weapon of republican
The Chinese straightsword or jian (劍) was th
With Daoist talisman and Longquan markings.
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
Miaodao simply being a more recent name for the wodao.
Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
With openwork brass mounts in early imperial style.
With twist-core steel and of early liuyedao form. Probably 17th century.
An honest, unpretentious fighting weapon of the Ming-Qing period.
The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditi
A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th century.
An unusually large presentation saber in the style of high-end Chinese military sabers.
A deluxe set of double straightswords with carved ivory grips and gilt mounts.
With narrow liuyedao blades of moderate curvature.
With fine blade, of liuyedao form with a gentle curvature.
With massive 10mm thick blade with strong distal taper.
Late 18th century, complete with its original scabbard.
The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords p
Introduction to the type
This type of sword is referred to as zhibe
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
This sword is part of a group of very similar swords.
It comes with its complete set of fittings in a thick gauge of báitóng.
The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use
The Chinese saber comes in a great variety of curvatures, profiles, and wi
A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
An unusual piece: Jian with these mountings are usually of the long type, o
With differential heat-treatment, creating a cloudy crystalline effect along the edge.
A large and rather interesting Chinese jian dating from the Chines
A fine Chinese straightsword blade, of typical Qing form with a rather wide profile.
A good set of the first half of the 19th century, with large and rather heavy forge folded blades.
The Yi or Nuosuo people are known as Lolo in early Western ethnographic wr
A rather well-made example of its type.
A large Chinese double handed falchion of a form that is both related to th
The hudiedao (蝴蝶刀), are a type of double swords peculiar to t
With a wide clipped tip with notched upper edge.
Dated 1895. Large and heavy, a quality piece.
A massive 17th century saber blade with markings in Manchu and Chinese.
A royal sword, probably from the Wasi kingdom in present-day Sichuan province.
A very nice and complete example, circa 1920's-30's.
With rare downward curving grip as seen on artwork of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
Built around a beautifully forged blade, in full polish, revealing a burl grain pattern.