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IMPORTANT - A LIMITED QUANTITY OF THESE DAGGERS WILL BE AVAILABLE AS FROM THE THE 5TH OF JANUARY , IF YOU ORDER NOW, ONE WILL BE RESERVED FOR YOU, AND SENT OUT AFTER THAT DATE.
The Landsknecht mercenaries were renowned for their flamboyance. Their outrageous appearance extended from their colourful attire to their weapons. This good looking forged dagger is a perfect example of their extravagant sense of style in a very effective back-up fighting knife. The Landsknecht Dagger features steel parts and wood and leather wrapped grip to highlight the hand forged deadly blade. Includes scabbard. Overall Length 16 1/4" Blade 11" long, 1 1/8" wide, 3/16" thick Wt.-12 oz.
The shape of this dagger’s writhen pommel is in the Italian Renaissance style. It closely corresponds to the contemporary kalzbalgers, hand-and-a-half swords and two-handed swords. The writhen ornament is also characteristic of almost all period items of everyday use including costume and body armour. This is based on a museum original.
The 14th and 15th centuries saw a rise in plate armor on the battlefield, and it is commonly known that swords began to change to adapt to such armor. The thrust became paramount to get between the joints of the armor, where a plate covering would restrict movement. While the sword is well known for changing with the rise of plate, an often-overlooked aspect of fighting against an armored opponent, however, is the dagger.
One critical aspect to what the Germans called harnisfechten, or armored combat, was knowing how to fight when the engagement was too close for swords. Often times the sword had to quickly be discarded, or was even lost in the heat of battle.
While this dagger was used against armor, it was also commonly used for unarmored fighting, such as in the case of the judicial duel. Many period manuals by masters, such as those by Hans Talhoffer or Filippo Vadi, detail advanced knife fighting techniques utilizing grappling, throws, and an understanding in body mechanics that would work just as well in plate as without.
Message from client regarding this dagger: "Every one who has seen this dagger likes it. I've shown this and other weapons to various people, including my martial arts class, over the years but this has had more positive response than any other. This Landsknecht I bought as a gift for my master who was particularly taken with it - he descibed it as the "ideal size" for a weapon that can be used outside or indoors with great effectiveness. This is not advocacy by the way, just his observation :-) Cheers, Don."
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Beautiful weapon. Surprisingly sharp out of the box. Has a good heft and feels immensely solid. The scabbard is loose but a little leather inserted into the Locket-mouth cured that.
The dagger was well oiled and wrapped in plastic and bubble wrap with a moisture absorbing pack next to the hilt. This was in a robust box which in turn was well wrapped in plastic.
Delivery to France was 15 days by Airmail which is pretty fast!
Excellent product, fantastic service! Richard on 13th Mar 2021
Excellent dagger. As described. Very much what I was hoping for. Thanks again. David Dowell on 12th Jan 2021
I never wanted a dagger collection, just a Viking Seax and a table dagger, but the value and range of items at the Medieval Shoppe has me buying another one :). Light weight and perfectly forged this dagger is very easy to flip and catch! The sheathe is also nicely made but a bit loose with a slight rattle, still I am happy with the purchase overall. A really nice replica piece, sharp and ready for a feast. Tracy on 3rd Oct 2017