Chinese hudiedao (buttefly swords) with differential heat treated blades, 19th century, this set has sturdy iron guards and thin, wide blades. Overall length: 56,4 cm, Blade length: 42,7 cm, Blade thickness @ base, mid, near tip: 7,5, 6, 6 mm, Blade width@ base, mid, near tip: 35, 33,5, 29 mm, Weight total: 1337 grams, Weight individually: 648 grams (right) and 624 grams.
Chinese hudiedao swords from approx 1860, 60cms overall with broad blades 8mm thick and 50mm wide at the base, they taper to a strong hatchet tip 25mm wide, being 2mm wide at this point. Thick strong bronze knuckle guards and quillons that could withstand the strongest of sword blows. The hilt slabs are superbly carved in Rosewood with Chinese key pattern relief, swastikas and floral relief in the corners.
These hudiedaos have thick brass grips, a wider blade better suited for chopping and a strong hatchet point. Their total length is just over 60 cm. This was the most commonly produced type of “butterfly sword” during the middle of the 19th century. Photo courtesy of http://www.swordsantiqueweapons.com.