Parrying dagger
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Length

38.5 cm

Blade length

25.7 cm

Blade thickness

Base 7 mm

Middle 6.5 mm

5 cm from tip 5 mm

Blade width

Base 25 mm

Middle 20.5 mm

5 cm from tip 9 mm

Weight

371 grams

Point of balance

At blade / hilt junction

Materials

Steel, iron, wood, copper

Origin

Western Europe

Probably German or Swiss

Dating

16th century

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Introduction

By the early 16th century, the use of a dagger in a swordsman's left hand became popular in Western Europe. It was used for both parryings as close-range attacks.

Left hand dagger use

Illustration from Italian fencing master's Giacomo de Grassi's
Ragione di adoprar sicuramente l'Arme ("Discourse on Wielding Arms with Safety")
Italy, 1570
.

 

At some point, thumb rings were added to the guard, and later a sail-like shield and large quillons. This latter type was mainly popular in Spain and also known as "main gauche", which were mainly popular in Spain and Italy.

 

This example

The substantial blade has a strong ricasso with six grooves, interlocking at the start of the edge with four grooves on the blade that run all the way to the point. Each groove has a series of piercings.

The iron guard with two forward swept quillons, slightly offset from the blade angle for better protection. Their ends termine in curls. The wooden hilt is wrapped with twisted copper wire. The heavy mushroom shaped pommel has a fluted top.

Nice 16th-century example with attention to detail in its execution, in original condition with losses or repairs.

 

Antique European left hand parrying dagger of the 16th century
Antique European left hand parrying dagger of the 16th century
Antique European left hand parrying dagger of the 16th century
Antique European left hand parrying dagger of the 16th century
Antique European left hand parrying dagger of the 16th century
Antique European left hand parrying dagger of the 16th century

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