A Vietnamese Đao găm
Vietnam, Nguyễn Dynasty – 19th century
Materials: Steel, Iron, Brass, Wood.
The ‘Đao găm’ is a Vietnamese type of dagger which was worn among the Vietnamese military. The shape is similar to the European naval dirks and was designed for close combat fighting techniques.
Consisting of a handle made of hardwood in rounded shape with brass fittings in 19th century fashionable style. The tang of the blade was riveted to the hilt and a copper washer functions as small guard.
A forged steel, diamond sectioned blade with double cutting edge, medial ridge and sharp tip. The blade was made for functional purposes and is well balanced and light weighted.
Consisting of two wooden slabs held together with brass fittings. The scabbard throat piece has a subtile openwork detail and a small rim of braided brass wire. The middle fitting resembles a common Vietnamese feature, a central rim, which is decorated with braided brass wire in this case and two leaf shaped sides. A feature often seen on functional military swords. The end piece is similar in design, but is plain and has a flattened base.
Condition: Excellent, a small damage on the blade which seems to be made with a tool. Further good condition.
Blade length: 30.4cm
Blade thickness: 7mm
Total length: 43.5cm
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