Renaissance Dagger with Leather Sheath
Renaissance Parrying Dagger with Leather Sheath
Battle-Ready (Practical Blunt), SK-C
Mainly carried as a companion sidearm, the parrying dagger held immense popularity at the end of the Late Middle Ages and especially during the Renaissance period. Wielded in the left hand (hence also known as a main gauche – French for "left hand"), it was usually brought into play in conjunction with a primary weapon – sword or rapier – for a two-handed fighting style.
With its prominent guard, which offered protection to the off-hand and appeared in many variations (straight, S-shaped, down turned, sometimes equipped with an additional ring or shell), this secondary weapon was essentially of a defensive nature, devised to parry, deflect, block or trap enemy blades in close-quarters combat. It was also effective in the offence and quite capable of stabbing an opponent.
Besides, artfully crafted and richly ornamented daggers were also used as a fashionable display of wealth by knights and well-to-do townsmen, who ostentatiously carried them as a status symbol.
Although the battle-ready dagger we offer here is not an exact replica of an actual historical example, if features the typical characteristics of a traditional Renaissance parrying dagger. The unsharpened full-tang blade made of EN45 spring steel was hardened, tempered to a Rockwell hardness of approx. 48 HRC, and is (invisibly) threaded to the pommel. It has a broad central fuller that ends about halfway down its length. The hilt is composed of a four-sided wooden core grip overlaid with black leather and framed by a scent-stopper pommel and a sturdy, approx. 12 cm wide cross guard, both made of steel. The guard's quillon curve towards the blade and terminate with tapered, conical finials.
This thrusting dagger comes complete with a strong (approx. 3 mm thick), neatly stitched sheath made of brown, vegetable-tanned leather and equipped with a belt loop.
The blade's blunt, 1.5 mm / 2 mm thick edges and rounded tip make this left-hand dagger ideal for light combat re-enactment, stage fighting or sparring. It is also perfectly suited as a collectible, decoration/display piece or prop
Battle-ready Sword Category : SK-C
Blade material: EN45 spring steel (high carbon steel, not stainless), hardened and tempered
Rockwell hardness: approx. 48 HRC
Handle material: leather-bound wood, steel pommel and guard
Overall length: approx. 43 cm
Blade length: approx. 28 cm
Hilt length: approx. 15 cm (grip approx. 10 cm)
Blade width at guard: approx. 3.2 cm
Blade thickness: approx. 3.8 mm / 3.5 mm (cutting edges approx. 1.5 to 2 mm)
Point of balance: approx. 2 cm from the guard
Incl. genuine leather sheath with belt loop
Weight without sheath: approx. 490 g
Weight with sheath: approx. 550 g
Specs may slightly vary from piece to piece.
The steel used on this item is not rust-proof and might show slight surface tarnishing in places. We recommend you to maintain the blade on a regular basis, for example using a Universal Oil, which is ideally suited for steel care.