Apr 27, 2020
Oct 22, 2010

Parrying Dagger

Parrying Dagger

c. 1580–1610

Steel, copper wire

Overall: 26.5 cm (10 7/16 in.); Blade: 17.2 cm (6 3/4 in.); Quillions: 8.4 cm (3 5/16 in.)

Weight: 80 g (2.82 oz.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1657


The perforations within the blade were meant to provide elasticity, preventing it from snapping during vigorous parries. The serrations were arranged not for producing an unpleasant wound, but to "catch" the adversary's blade.

See also
MED - Arms & Armor
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor

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