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Chinese pair of fighting knives
A very rare type of swords
Hudiedao Butterfly knives

Chinese pair of fighting knives A very rare type of swords Hudiedao Butterfly knives www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very rare pair of Chinese fighting swords.

This complete set of rare fighting swords/knives is likely from a ethnic minority in the southern regions of Chinese mainland. They are sometime referred to as river pirate swords as many short weapons from the Chinese arsenal are named by western collectors.
This pair measure just under 48cms sheathed. Out they are just under 45cms long.
The hilts are shaped horn with beaked pommels with a brass collar to the guard. They are flat on one side to ensure a snug fit when back to back in the sheath. There are small losses to one grip as seen in the images. The guards are "S" shaped with slightly beaked quillon ends. The wide open guard and the beaked pommels ensure a positive grip when using this knives.
The blades each have a decorative Tonkou to the base and are distal tapered through to the tip and cutting edge. The belly is deep and the tips are upswept.
The sheath shows small loss to the timber. It is brass and steel bound with a simple suspension hook for sash mounting.

A very functional pair of martial swords and are of a very rare and seldom seen type.