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On weight and balance
In researching antique arms -or any kind of material culture for that matter- it is of paramount importance to actually feel and handle pieces.
An unusual minority dao
The wide blade with clipped tip mounted on a riveted wooden grip.
Manchu word for the tip of a saber.
Trường đao (長刀)
A large Vietnamese type of falchion sword.
Dāo fēng (刀鋒)
The point of a blade.
Used to describe a wide variety of single-edged tools and weapons.
Early Chinese duǎndāo
With rare downward curving grip as seen on artwork of the 17th and 18th centuries.