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The design of this type of African axe offers great diversity in application.The extra length allows for very strong chopping blows and also very effective stabbing/thrusting applications.The blade is single edged with a clipped back edge and a deep single fuller to each side.

Beneath these wrappings, small timber slabs are typically found to add some girth to the tang. The blades surfaces are decorated to both sides with auspicious markings, markings seen at the base, midsection and tip. The blade measures 36.5cms long from the top of the bolster to the tip of the blade.The worn timber grips still retain most of the original cloth wrapping which is now also very well worn with use and age.The swords are an all iron forged construction with a pair of "arms" and crescent moons protruding beyond the grips of each sword.A very rare and exceptional pair of Chinese fighting swords.These Shuang Gau or tiger head hook swords are a very rare find. The blades, bottom spikes and crescent moons are stiff and of a flat diamond shape cross section.

Beneath these wrappings, small timber slabs are typically found to add some girth to the tang. The blades surfaces are decorated to both sides with auspicious markings, markings seen at the base, midsection and tip. The blade measures 36.5cms long from the top of the bolster to the tip of the blade.

The worn timber grips still retain most of the original cloth wrapping which is now also very well worn with use and age.

The swords are an all iron forged construction with a pair of "arms" and crescent moons protruding beyond the grips of each sword.

A very rare and exceptional pair of Chinese fighting swords.

These Shuang Gau or tiger head hook swords are a very rare find. The blades, bottom spikes and crescent moons are stiff and of a flat diamond shape cross section.

A fine example of a 19th century Afghanistan fighting sword. This blackening of fittings was a necessary measure to stop sunlight shining off metal ware that would reveal a person's whereabouts under the harsh sunlight of the region.