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Leaf-Blade Renaissance Dagger
The leaf-shaped blade was common in the Classical era - mainly amongst the Greeks and Celts. Although this blade form produces a powerful chop, when set against plate armour or mail, a narrower more-tapered blade was found to be more effective when thrust. Ancient shortcomings in metallurgy (producing iron rather than steel) also influenced the design - with shorter and wider blades being less prone to bending out of shape. In the Renaissance, Ancient Greek philosophy and art was once more held in high esteem. As a result, arms and armour began to reflect the Classical era too (to a degree). In this new intellectual climate where Alle romana et alla antica ("in the manner of the Romans and the ancients") was the new way forward, the leaf-blade would put in a new appearance, albeit to a limited extent. Yes, these Classically influenced blades were fashion statements brandished by the moneyed classes and were never seriously reintroduced to the European battlefield - but they were fully functional weapons, that caused wide stabbing wounds and powerful cuts - as many a 16th century transgressor or ruffian found out to his cost.