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.
In emerald green scabbard and with fan case.
The ridged and facetted blade shape that is so well known
With a good quality wootz blade.
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 a shield that reminds of Deccan cuirasses.
A very fine, long and slender example with elaborate golden damascening.
With Daoist talisman and Longquan markings.
An impressively large kasthāné, dating from the 18th century.
From my personal collection. A quiver that was once worn at court ceremonies by high ranked officers and imperial…
Probably from the late Kandyan period.
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
A number of downsized Indian toradar with such lavish inl
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
With chevron patterned blade of alternating types of steel.
This type of axe was part of the standard equipment of the
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.
The main disadvantage of early firearms was the long time it took to reload them.
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.
Of the Malabar coast, South India.
The handle covered with gold damascening.
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.
A large example of a type called sang.
The slender blade is made of flawless wootz steel in boldly contrasting shades of silver and dark grey.