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by Freebooter
Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: A recall of arms, the close of the Qing Dynasty
Replies: 1
Views: 6540

A recall of arms, the close of the Qing Dynasty

A tough nut to crack for me as I only read and write English... I have compelling evidence that suggests at the close of the Qing Dynasty there was a recall of Military sidearms/swords within all Chinese states that were moved to various wharehouses in 1911...I guess a change of the guard so to spea...
by Freebooter
Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:07 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Butterfly swords/knives
Replies: 14
Views: 19955

Re: Butterfly swords/knives

The earliest I have been able to place these with reasonable deductions is approx 1860.
Don't consider them all light weight though ;-) They come with and without guards and are typically timber grips.

Gav
by Freebooter
Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dadao
Replies: 4
Views: 5866

Re: Dadao

Very interesting variations. Do you have any info on the origins and use of the various types? From a use perspective, in general, simple cheap effective fighting blades My notes and thoughts from the top; A complete and very hard to find Nationalist army dadao with a guard variation. I beleive thi...
by Freebooter
Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:09 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Have a look at this short sword
Replies: 7
Views: 7316

Re: Have a look at this short sword

i just showed the pics to a coworker from taiwan (who is taoist) and she said the last 2 is indeed longquan, the 2nd is a very special character that is really 3 together- the upshot is she claims the characters point to it being a jian used by taoist priests, along with a bell, for exorcism of mal...
by Freebooter
Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:13 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Another shield done
Replies: 9
Views: 10153

Re: Another shield done

Thanks for the compliments! As for thrusting, the shield is indeed a lot more vulnerable for the thrust than the cut. We will be sure to also test thrusting and see how that goes. Unfortunately I don't have those long hudiedao at hand but a jian tip will probably do. As for doing damage, there are ...
by Freebooter
Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:25 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Another shield done
Replies: 9
Views: 10153

Re: Another shield done

Peter, Perhaps you can test a theory I have about the Hudiedao and these shields. Do you have any similar Hudiedao the same as the long narrow examples I have? I do wish to know if the can pierce between the wrappings with the strong needle points and in fact damage the arm within the shield. I'd al...
by Freebooter
Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:12 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Ming Jian
Replies: 21
Views: 24116

Re: Ming Jian

Thank you Scott for bringing these images to the forum for all to view.

I am interested in viewing the Jian mentioned as being in the leeds armoury at the start of this thread, the link is broken though. Are there images available from anyone for posting?

Best to all for the new year ahead.

Gav
by Freebooter
Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:59 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Chinese swordsmanship book
Replies: 1
Views: 2417

Chinese swordsmanship book

Forgive me if this has already been covered elsewhere but Scott, your book Chinese Swordsamanship that came with the video, is it available on DVD.

Thanks

Gav
by Freebooter
Sat Oct 03, 2009 6:55 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dadao
Replies: 4
Views: 5866

Re: Dadao

You have a good eye Peter. It and the one below it, despite being in need of full restoration are my favorites in the hand and they will be restored to some of their former glory. I was very interested when aquiring these to note the differing construction styles, some of which Philip touched on in ...
by Freebooter
Sat Sep 26, 2009 7:19 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dadao
Replies: 4
Views: 5866

Dadao

For viewing, comparing and comments. Some are in very good condition, others have seen a hard life in battle, many different styles and contruction methods and differing qualities, some would have been very fine swords in their day. The larger piece is a massive presentation piece but despite its si...
by Freebooter
Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:20 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: A question of fullers
Replies: 10
Views: 9557

Re: A question of fullers

Thanks for your input Josh. The image doesn't show it very well but the pommel is yuanshi which was another lead indicator for me dating it as I did, though it could well be 19th century. As you note there is no mill scale on the tang at all and the piece as a whole shows very good age and light pit...
by Freebooter
Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: A question of fullers
Replies: 10
Views: 9557

Re: A question of fullers

Hi Josh, I suggested this dating because to be honest I have no idea and would rather be critical of my own pieces that stretching the unknown. I also suggest this as it was part of a collection I bought, being amongst Nationalist and Communist Dadao that was put together 20-35 years ago as direct i...
by Freebooter
Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:55 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: A question of fullers
Replies: 10
Views: 9557

Re: A question of fullers

A false alarm, With regards to the asymmetrical fullering I asked about, the two fullers on one side, upon a very close inspection, turned out to have two very rubbed fullers the other side and they were not very noticable....the search continues for the unusual forms I seek. I have however this sab...
by Freebooter
Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:20 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: A question of blade tangs and dating
Replies: 3
Views: 4205

Re: A question of blade tangs and dating

Thank you very much for your learned input Philip, as always it is greatly appreciated.

There is good amounts to digest here.

Regards

Gavin
by Freebooter
Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:30 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: A question of blade tangs and dating
Replies: 3
Views: 4205

A question of blade tangs and dating

Another question that has been in the back of my mind for sometime now is the swords tang and the dating of swords based on its construction. What features of the swords tang leads one to date a sword? I have available to me dozens of old Dadao, Dao and Jian in various conditions and I note a vast d...