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Parrying dagger
  • Parrying dagger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1600
  • Iron or steel, blackened
  • Length: 42.1 cm
    Length: 28.5 cm, blade
    Width: 2.5 cm, blade at guard
    Weight: 0.3 kg
    Width: 17.2 cm, guard
  • A797
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Parrying dagger, the hilt made up of a plain cylindrical pommel with large button; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; unusually long guard of circular section, swelling towards the ends and curved towards the blade; single side-ring; the whole hilt is blackened but otherwise plain and undecorated.

    The stiff, wavy blade has a single, deep groove pierced with groups of triple holes; the point is pinched and strongly reinforced; the ricasso three short grooves and is flattened on the reverse side for placement of the thumb.

    Italian, c. 1600.