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Ming-dynasty Long Knife with Iron Cross-guard Picture 1

Arts & Crafts Museum Hangzhou

Arts & Crafts Museum Hangzhou

This knife with a weight of 128,1g bears features of Japanese saber. The curvy and sharp edge, together with the length of over 1m, enables the knife to cause mass casualty. With a grip designed to be held by both hands, the hilt is also equipped with an oval iron cross-guard, serving as the divider between the blade and the hilt so as to protect the hand holding the knife. It is speculated that the evenly-arranged small holes on the cross-guard were created for decoration.

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  • Title: Ming-dynasty Long Knife with Iron Cross-guard Picture 1
  • Physical dimensions: Overall length: 102.2cm, edge length: 81.2cm, maximal width: 3.7cm, maximal thickness: 0.7cm
  • Dynasty: Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD)

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