The peidao (佩刀) or yaodao (腰刀)
A very good set of Daoist straightswords in a single scabbard. There is a lot to see here, but I will start with the…
A rare Chinese officer's saber of the 17th century.
A Chinese waist saber or yaodao / peidao of the first half of the 18th century.
Most Chinese swords and sabers are made with a hard high carbon steel
Of a type referred to as byeolungeom, "sword used by king’s guard officials".
Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.
It comes with its complete set of fittings in a thick gauge of báitóng.
Its large blade is of ridged cross-section, inspired by the Japanese design.
With a sayagaki by Honma sensei attributing it to Yosozaemon.
Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
With influences from several cultures that are rarely seen on a single blade.
The yaodao, literally "waist saber" was the standard side-arm for
With a good blade and a set of fittings that exceed the quality of most of this period.
With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
With a straight blade of asymmetrical grind and a strongly Chinese inspired scabbard.
Dated 1895. Large and heavy, a quality piece.
A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
The Chinese saber comes in a great variety of curvatures, profiles, and wi
Miaodao simply being a more recent name for the wodao.
With rare raised backedge.
With narrow liuyedao blades of moderate curvature.
The 17th-century blade is mounted in fittings designed by Philip Tom and executed by Vince Evans some 20 years ago.
Introduction to the type
This type of sword is referred to as zhibe
With differential heat-treatment, creating a cloudy crystalline effect along the edge.
A rare surviving example of the simple military version of this style.
A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.
A fine Chinese straightsword blade, of typical Qing form with a rather wide profile.
Built around a beautifully forged blade, in full polish, revealing a burl grain pattern.
An extremely rare and possibly unique type of Chinese officer's saber, or peidao, of the 18th century.
With massive 10mm thick blade with strong distal taper.
The ridged and facetted blade shape that is so well known
The Yi or Nuosuo people are known as Lolo in early Western ethnographic wr
With a wide clipped tip with notched upper edge.
The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditi
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
The terms peidao or yaodao are synonyms that were in use
Late 18th century, complete with its original scabbard.
This sword is part of a group of very similar swords.
A large and rather interesting Chinese jian dating from the Chines
With fine blade, of liuyedao form with a gentle curvature.
A very nice and complete example, circa 1920's-30's.
With fine carved hilts, substantial bronze D-guards, and subtle signs of heat treatment on the blades.
Yet another type that I had not yet seen before.
Of rare form with short but very heavy double-edged blade.
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
An honest, unpretentious fighting weapon of the Ming-Qing period.