A single-edged blade, the dao or Chinese broadsword, can be seen in many martial arts themed movies. Originating in the Shang Dynasty of China, this short blade is intended for rapid slashing and thrusting motions. The dao was a favorite of the Chinese cavalry, after replacing the more commonly used Jian, and it is still used today by martial artists and acrobats. Often ornamented with gorgeous etchings, engravings and colored tassels these swords would make a beautiful addition to any collection.
Popularized in Persia, the radically curved shamshir was used by Khorasan soldiers in the ninth century, and it later spread throughout the Middle East. The blade of this sword is single-edged and between 5ᵒ to 15ᵒ. The pommel is usually a simple cross-guard and the grip is often made with precious materials such as ivory. The blade is adorned with engravings and depictions of hunting scenes and battles, and it was worn horizontally across the belt. This sword is sure to be handy around the house, at least as a conversation piece.
The Moplah sword has a very rich history in south-western India and was made famous for being used in the Moplah uprising of 1921. While the uprising didn’t go as smoothly as the freedom fighters might have hoped, the Mappila were fighting British colonialists against oppression similar to the Americans in the Revolutionary War. These swords are very short, about 60 centimeters in total length, and they were worn on the back due to their width. The blades are very wide for their length, like a short scimitar, and they are often slightly angled and double-edged. The hilts may depict religious or traditional scenes and are made from ornate materials such as bone or ivory. This sword has more than enough historical significance to make it a must-have for any sword collector worth his or her salt, and just think about all the household chores you can accomplish with that broad tip, perfect for chopping wood.
Examples of the khopesh date as far back as 2500 B.C. and are seen in many hieroglyphics. Often seen in depictions held by pharaohs and found in royal tombs deep underground, this sword is speculated to have adorned the royal class of ancient Egypt. The blade is of similar size to the Moplah sword, up to about 60 centimeters, and the shape is thought to be inspired by a battle-ax. Shaped like a sickle, the blade of this weapon is often blunt, and it is only sharpened on the outside. This sword is truly ancient and absolutely unique.