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Daggers & knives
Asian arms in Dutch master paintings
Dutch masters' fascination with exotic Asian wares shown in a series of paintings.
A rare thousand-year-old dagger from the Khmer empire.
Balinese keris of Ferdinand Blok
The 9-luk blade of strong proportions is engraved with the face of a demon.
Rare beladau lebar dagger
A rare type of dagger from South Kalimantan, loosely based on Islamic daggers seen worn by traders.
A small utility knife used on the island of Borneo. Often carried with the Dayak mandau.
A giant piso raout
An oversized utility knife of the headhunters of Borneo.
West-Javanese stiletto dagger
Early piece with an unusual European-style stiletto blade.
Polished Sino-Vietnamese dagger
A heavy Sin-Vietnamese fighting knife, with recently polished blade.
Broad Vietnamese knife
Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.
Large Chinese hunting knife
With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
Studded Eastern Tibetan dagger
Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
A 16th hooded katar with the wide, ribbed blade that is characteristic for this period.
Central Asian dated kard 1709
With wootz blade inlaid in gold with the name of the maker and the owner.
A fine north Indian dagger
Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
Hindu term for an archaic form of dagger.
A Hindu dagger following an ancient style that was preserved in Afghanistan.
Sabiki or "Wahhabite jambiya"
With a long, sword-like blade characteristic of this type. With original belt.
A triple-pointed push dagger.
A double-pointed push dagger.
A "Mecca" Jambiya
A style of dagger often associated with the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Double-edged Bhutanese dagger
With triple grooves and in heavy silver mountings.
A Sinhalese kirichchiya
A rare type of Sinhalese dagger with stylized bird hilt and blade with backedge.
The Qianlong emperor's dagger from Jinchuan
In this article, we will zoom into a shortsword or dagger that was obtained from the Jinchuan campaigns of 1747-1749 and 1771-1776.
Ceremonial Moro kalis
Measuring almost a meter, with exceptional blade for a ceremonial keris.
Paiwan tjakit with provenance
It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
Fine Tibetan gem studded dagger
A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
Old Madura keris
With carved wooden hilt with a beautiful deep patina. Blade in old finish.
Sinhalese coral hilted knife
Also known as piha-kaetta, this is more correctly a pihiya.
A fine Philippine bolo
The blade inlaid with brass, complete with a horn scabbard with pierced decoration.
A classic example with an older blade and timaha wood scabbard.
A fine Yunnan Dai dagger
With characteristic bulb pommel and silver plating on hilt and scabbard.
A northern katar in southern style
Exhibiting southern style beaded edges with northern style construction and gold.
South Indian chiseled iron katar
A nice honest example of an early south Indian katar with great sculptural qualities.
Fine piha kaetta with velvet scabbard
A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
A very good ul-pihiya
A Sinhalese knife with lavish silver mounts and overlay.
A fine, heavy piha kaetta
Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
Sinhalese word for a type of dagger.
With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.
An early "piha-kaetta"
Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
A very large example with a strongly reinforced tip and stone handle scales.
Pesh-kabz (پیش قبض)
Widely used Persian word for a type of dagger.
With blonde horn grip scales and brass plated scabbard.
Wood hilted dahmjaun
With iron ferrule and copper and silver overlaid blade.
Pesh kabz with horn plated hilt
An excellently designed thrusting dagger with T-spine and sharp tip.
Good Vietnamese dagger
An unusually ornate version of what is normally a very simple weapon.
A simple early 20th-century fighting dagger with ribbed grip.
An Acehnese type of thrusting dagger.
An Acehnese rencong
A peculiar form of dagger found on the northern part of the island of Sumatra.
Hanshee khukurī (हँसिया खुकुरी)
A commonly used name for an early type of long slender khukurī.
A hanshee khukurī
A rare and sought-after type. This one comes in its original silver mounted scabbard.