While the Chinese are hailed for inventing gunpowder and the
A late Qing dynasty niuweidao (牛尾刀) or "oxtail sa
A quiver of the late Qing dynasty.
Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.
The sword of the tribes living in and near the Khyber pass.
In emerald green scabbard and with fan case.
The ridged and facetted blade shape that is so well known
Flails derived off farming tools were used since antiquity
Most Chinese swords and sabers are made with a hard high carbon steel
With a five-clawed imperial dragon chasing the pearl of wisdom.
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
One of the most iconic of Chinese weapons, commonly known as "Guandao"
As a non-military weapon, not much was written about Chin
The Chinese straightsword or jian (劍) was th
With Daoist talisman and Longquan markings.
From my personal collection. A quiver that was once worn at court ceremonies by high ranked officers and imperial…
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
Signed by its maker Haci Gavsî, and its decorator Tevfik.
Accomplished by bending the edge up and down alternately and polishing it smooth again.
Miaodao simply being a more recent name for the wodao.
At first sight, this may look like a miniature version of a standard Qing s
A rather good example of a Japanese-made nanban tsuba.
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.
An iron openwork guard two dragons chasing a flaming pearl.
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.
An English rifle that was built around an 18th-century Ottoman barrel of the finest quality.
A deluxe set of double straightswords with carved ivory grips and gilt mounts.
An Ottoman bichaq, literally "knife", shaped like
Of a type also issued to the Qing Vanguard.
Sets with a knife and chopsticks and sometimes some other utensils were co
With narrow liuyedao blades of moderate curvature.
Of a type worn among others by the Valiant Cavalry.
With the relatively rare feature of a raised backedge.
An Ottoman bichaq, literally "knife", shaped like a yata
Of the Western Buryats, living near the shores of Lake Baikal.
A rare Ottoman bow that has seen better days.
Used to move imperial orders from the emperor’s quarters to the recipient.
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
An early type of Korean soldier's helmet.