|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
blade; red beech
cross-guard; totara type; 6*
pommel; rimu type; O*
The Sword in the Age of Chivalry, R. Ewart
Arms and Armour Press, Revised Edit. 1981
A Knight and His Weapons, R. Ewart Oakeshott
Lutterworth Press, 1964