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Thai Daap logo

Dàap (ดาบ)

Thai word for a single-edged sword.
Brass mounted Thai daap

Brass mounted Thai dáap

Description

A charming and somewhat unusual example of a Thai dáap (ดาบ).

Humble dha with Mindan blade logo

Plain mounted Mindan dha

Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
Early Mindan style dha logo

Early silver Burmese dha

With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
Burmese silver overlaid dha

Burmese silver overlaid dha

On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
Dalwe

Dalwe (ဓားလွယ်)

Burmese type of sword, worn in scabbard slung from the shoulder.
Lin gin

Lin gin (လင်းကင်း)

Burmese for a machete-like that was used widely in Kachin state and Assam.
Shan da logo

Shan da (ရှမ်းဓား)

Burmese word for the Shan sword with pointed blade.
A visual dha glossary logo

A Burmese da glossary

A glossary of the terminology of the Burmese dha and related items.
Mindan dha logo

Mindan dha

Name for fine dha with fine overlaid blades. Named after Mindan village where they were made.
Kachin dha logo

Tribal Kachin dha

A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
Pedang benkok logo

Pedang bengkok

Indonesian word meaning "curved sword".
Wodao logo

Wōdāo (倭刀 / 窩刀)

Chinese term for a Japanese sword, or a large saber with strong Japanese influence.
Qing miaodao logo

Miáodāo (苗刀)

Chinese name for a slender, curved saber. Often associated with large two-handers.
Jian logo

Gim (劍)

The Cantonese word for the Chinese straightsword.
Pedang lurus logo

Pedang lurus

Indonesian term meaning "straight sword". Often used to describe a specific silver-clad shortsword.
Nepalese steel

Ispāt (इस्पात्)

Nepali word for steel.
Changdao logo

Chángdāo (長刀)

Chinese term for "long saber".
Ottoman pala beset with coral and turquoises

An Ottoman coral studded pala

With gilt copper scabbard and multi-row twist-core blade.
Jian guard logo

Hūshǒu (護手)

Chinese for the handguard of a weapon.
Parang nabur logo

Parang nabur

A type of saber from the southern part of Kalimantan.
Parang nabur logo

Parang nabur with báitóng hilt

These sabers from Kalimantan exhibit a mix of European, Islamic, and local styles.
Late Qing jian logo

A fine late Qing jian

A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
Cantonese saber logo

Cantonese saber

With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
A southern dao logo

Southern Chinese saber

Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
Niuweidao logo

An early form niúwěidāo

With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
Ratlam talwar

Fine dated talwar from Ratlam

With Mamluk style blade decor and inscriptions on both blade and hilt.
A large Bhutanese patag logo

Bhutanese sword in tribal scabbard

With early pierced iron pommel and a style of scabbard worn in Arunachal Pradesh.
Amdo sword logo

Unusual sword from Amdo

Exhibiting an interesting blend of Chinese and Tibetan features.
Tibetan silver hilted shortsword logo

Silver hilted Tibetan shortsword

Of typical form, but with an all-silver hilt that carries Chinese silver marks.
Early Indian khanda logo

Early Indian khanda

An early version of this iconic Indian weapon, with its characteristic swollen tip.
Early Indian sword

Early Indian fighting sword

With a recurved blade and elaborate bronze hilt decorated with chakras.
Edge logo

Dhār (धार्)

Nepali term for the edge of a blade.
Dutch chiseled iron smallsword logo

Dutch chiseled iron smallsword

Part of a group of rare late 17th century examples, representing the finest of its kind.
Jeyen Manchu saber tip logo

Jeyen

Manchu word for the tip of a saber.
Bheema Nayak saber logo

Saber of Bhima Nayak

A south Indian saber carrying the name "Sri Bhima Nayak".
Dhu alfaqar logo

Dhu alfaqar (ذو الفقار)

An Islamic legendary sword.
Large Mughal saber logo

Large Mughal saber

With Persian inspired blade in Hindu basket hilt, both of fine wootz.
Dai dha overall

Fine Chinese Shan dha

Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Husa dha

Husa Valley dha

A type of dha made by the Chinese Shan in Husa Valley, Yunnan.
Hakim shahi

Hakim shahi

A style of Indian sword hilt.
Talwar with true inlay hilt

Large wootz talwar

The hilt inlaid with silver, once blued for added contrast.
Talwar

Talwar (तलवार)

The national sword of India.
Hakim khani logo

Hakim khāni

A style of Indian sword hilt
Karan shahi hilt

Karan shāhī

A style of Indian sword hilt
Mindan dha

A Mindan / Yamethin dha

With fine overlaid blade this area was known for.
Large Shan dha

Large Shan dha

With silver-clad scabbard executed in their typical style.
Stone pommel dha

Mindan dha with agate pommel

Its blade portraying the story of one of the previous lives of Guatama Buddha.
Late Qing jian

Late Qing jian

A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
Iron mounted republican jian

Late iron mounted jian

A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.