Quillon I

It should not be assumed that the dagger was simply a short version of the sword, although their guards and pommels sometimes matched those on swords. Of the two kinds of blade, this is the true dagger blade, sharply tapering and of double edge flattened diamond section. It is similar to those used in the 13th century through to the Quillon daggers of the 15th century. From c. 1300 art and sculpture depict Knights wearing daggers, often hanging from the belt over the right hip. They were in use before this time, indeed manuscript pictures show this but, until then, Knights were never shown wearing them.

Sometimes daggers were used as missiles. Accounts of battles during the Hundred Years War describe opposing lines of dismounted Knights throwing daggers, axes and maces before they engaged with their swords.

The three different types of wood complement each other and enhance the austere elegance of the blade.


blade type; double edge flattened diamond
blade length; 40 cm., 16 inches
overall length; 58 cm., 23 inches

Woods used:

blade; red beech
cross-guard; totara type; 6*
pommel; rimu type; O*


The Sword in the Age of Chivalry, R. Ewart Oakeshott F.S.A.
Arms and Armour Press, Revised Edit. 1981

A Knight and His Weapons, R. Ewart Oakeshott F.S.A.
Lutterworth Press, 1964