Rondel I


Medieval daggers had many and various forms, but there were only two main kinds of blade. One, the true dagger blade tapered sharply and was double edged, while the other was the knife blade with a 'back' and a single curved edge. Before the 13th century daggers were considered the arm of peasants but, after that, they became more popular and were incorporated as part of a Knight's equipment. They were usually worn over the right hip hanging from the belt.

From about 1325 onward to the end of the medieval period, there seem to have been three basic kinds of dagger. One was the 'Rondel', a military dagger with a narrow single edged blade and a flat back. The guard and pommel were formed of discs or 'roundels' set at either end of the grip. Some of these daggers were 20 inches (50 cm) or more in length, almost like short swords. They were popular in the 14th and 15th centuries.

The different colours and grains of the woods used complement each other and enhance the austere elegance of the blade.

Specifications:

blade type; single edge, flat back
blade length; 45 cm., 17 inches
overall length; 58 cm., 23 inches

Woods used:

blade; rimu (sapwood)
cross-guard; macrocarpa
pommel; macrocarpa

Reference*:

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