Presented in this article is a somewhat rare example of a purely practical Vietna
A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
The sword and everyday tool of the headhunters of Borneo.
An early Chinese militia jiàn most likely dating from the Ming.
These sabers from Kalimantan exhibit a mix of European, Islamic, and local styles.
A late Qing dynasty niuweidao (牛尾刀) or "oxtail sa
With a very good, substantial blade with differential heat treatment.
An almost textbook example of a silver-plated kalasan.
Of an all-wooden construction, simulating a sheathed long saber.
From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
With cast-bronze guarding figure hilt.
A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.
A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
A classic set of Chinese double swords, complete with suspension and hook.
An unusual Vietnamese officer saber of the 19th century, with an all-horn hilt.
Showing the strong Japanese influence on Vietnamese sword making of the time.
A saber that is peculiar to the southern part of the island of Borneo.
With Daoist talisman and Longquan markings.
A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
A south Indian saber carrying the name "Sri Bhima Nayak".
With finer forge folded blade than most of its type.
Also known as pedang lurus.
With double tiered golden crown.
An unusual dha with features of various cultures.
A fine eastern Tibetan example with silver braided scabbard mounts.
In excavated condition. Probably 15th-17th century.
With a curved hollow ground blade with a narrow dorsal groove and false backedge.
Of a late 19th century type with a silver-backed hardwood grip.
A paired jian of fushou type, with carved hardwood scabbard.
Of the exact type seen in use by the famous 29th Route Army.
A typical example of the better sikin panjang with a golden crown.
An unusual piece: Jian with these mountings are usually of the long type, o
An early version of this iconic Indian weapon, with its characteristic swollen tip.
A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
A sikin panjang with a triple golden crown.
The sword of the Murut headhunters of northern Borneo.
Of very good quality for this type of weapon.
The dadao is the iconic weapon of republican
With finely carved horn hilt, silver mounts and reshaped European blade.
A classic duanjian, but of somewhat earlier manufacture than most.
Ornate Vietnamese guőm (
Made of a single piece of ivory, with a kneeling figure in its base.
A large Kachin style square-ended dha in Shan style mountings.
With very good pattern welded blade, complete with scabbard.
Short but substantial, with its protruding tip it's rather mace-like.
With rare pale buffalo horn hilt with gold alloy inlays.
Also called klewang sasak by Indonesian collectors.
With rare downward curving grip as seen on artwork of the 17th and 18th centuries.
With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
With staghorn grip finely carved with plum blossoms.
A large Tibetan sword or dpa'dam, representing its classic form.