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.
A rare Philippine fighting knife, probably from Luzon island. It has a very well-made blade.
From the Aceh region, described locally as peudeueng peusangan with a "hulu meu apet" or Indian styled basket hilt.
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
Presented in this article is a somewhat rare example of a purely practical Vietna
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 heavy mounts executed in silver.
With captured French blade, ground down to fit.
The dha is the national sword of Myanmar (a.k.a.
With rare raised backedge.
The peidao (佩刀) or yaodao (腰刀)
Showing the strong Japanese influence on Vietnamese sword making of the time.
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
In excavated condition. Probably 14th or 15th century.
Its silver scabbard richly decorated in churi chenm style or "wavy pattern".
Most antique Vietnamese sabers on the mar
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.
An unusual Vietnamese officer saber of the 19th century, with an all-horn hilt.
Ornate Vietnamese guőm (
Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
The Vietnamese matchlock musket is called called sung
Cochinchina, second half of the 18th century.
A number of downsized Indian toradar with such lavish inl
Signed by its maker Haci Gavsî, and its decorator Tevfik.
The grip made of a single piece, worked in high relief.
Made of a single piece of ivory, with a kneeling figure in its base.
Accomplished by bending the edge up and down alternately and polishing it smooth again.
A large Tibetan sword or dpa'dam, representing its classic form.
Miaodao simply being a more recent name for the wodao.
With triple tiered golden crown with enamel decor.
At first sight, this may look like a miniature version of a standard Qing s
With chevron patterned blade of alternating types of steel.
A very good Vietnamese ceremonial kiem of the Nguyen dynasty.
This type of axe was part of the standard equipment of the