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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.
European sword blade keris
In the style of a Malay keris panjang.
A fine Korean eunjangdo
With all silver construction, including the blade.
N.B.T.H.K. Hozon with a set of Nanban-style koshirae with signed tsuba.
Southern katar with yali langets
Of a style often associated with Tanjore, the seat of the Vijayanagara empire.
Southern katar with thick point
The blade with an extremely thick point on a very thin blade.
Double bladed katar
Also called jamdhar doulicaneh. Forged from a single piece of steel, complete with scabbard.
Northern wootz katar
With different types of decor on either side of the hilt.
Vijayanagara hooded katar
With crisp, extremely very well-preserved wootz blade.
Sword hilted khukurī
A rarer variety with a hilt that takes inspiration from the kora and talwar.
Fine African Bedja dagger
These handsome daggers were worn by the nomadic Hadendoa people, their name has been interpreted as meaning "Lion Clan".
Slender chilanum dagger
Of elegant form with very crisp blade.
A beautiful black coral hilted example, made in the King's workshops.
Jade bamboo hilted knife
With spinach green jade handle and carved buffalo horn scabbard.
Silver hilted keris coteng
A textbook example of this rare and early type of keris.
16th century left-hand dagger
Nice European parrying dagger, possibly German or Swiss.
Si euli / Si oli
A type of knife from the North of Nias.
Chinese ring pommeled knife
Of a type used by bandits, brigands, pirates, and the like.
Kanetuhu / Etuhu
Ainu words for the point of a knife or sword.
Ainu word for the edge of a sharp tool like a knife.
Ainu word for the back of a knife, or sword. Also the ridge of a mountain or house.
Ainu word for the scabbard of a utility knife called makiri.
Ainu word for a knife handle.
Ibehe is an Ainu word for a knife or sword blade.
Ainu word for knife blade.
Rare Ainu kuttom-ushbe
A luxury Ainu knife styled after the Japanese tantō.
Unusual Ainu knife
Resembling a makiri but with the blade's edge on the opposite side.
Of a typical style used in Hokkaido in the 19th century.
Bark wrapped Ainu makiri
A slender makiri with a bark wrapped scabbard.
Fine Ainu makiri
An exceptionally well-carved Ainu knife.
North Nias si euli
A peculiar type of knife worn in the north of Nias.
Knives and swords of the Ainu
19th-century ethnographers noticed that they had no iron production and relied solely on trade for articles like knives and swords. However, archaeologists found iron working facilities in 1988 and 1990.
Ainu word for a long knife worn in the belt.
Ainu word for a knife.
A rare thousand-year-old dagger from the Khmer empire.
Gilt Ottoman made sabiki
The long version of the jambiya, with blackened, gold inlaid blade.
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.