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Dagger – Facts and Information

A Neolithic dagger from the Museum of Toulouse.

A Neolithic dagger from the Museum of Toulouse.

Dagger, known as the earliest medieval weapon, is a short double-edge blade which has long been used in close combat for centuries. It is considered as one of history’s most famous weapons.

Dagger is a fighting weapon with  a sharp point used a stabbing or thrusting weapon.

History of Dagger

Similar to battle-axe, no one really knows who invented daggers, however, it is safe to say that daggers evolved out of prehistoric tools. They were initially made out of sharp rocks, flints, or bones and were used as weapons since the earliest period of time.

Fact: Two golden daggers were identified during the 1924 opening of tomb of Tutankhamun, one with golden blade and the other with smelted iron.

During the Early Middle Ages, the term “dagger” disappeared. It was replaced by the hewing knife or seax.

It wasn’t until the 12th century  or The Late Middle Ages that the term dagger reappeared. This weapon reappeared as the ‘knightly dagger’. By The Late Middle Ages, the dagger was engineered into a most common arm tool for civilian use.

Daggers were often used as a secondary weapon in close combat during this time. In the 14th century, medieval weapon ‘knightly dagger’ evolved into a much longer and larger knife known as baselard.

Medieval Weapons - Facts and Information

Dagger is one of the type of weapons that was used by feudal armies during the Middle Ages. All men in The Middle Ages were expected to know how to fight. They were expected to be readily available when called to fight for the king. Their lives were organized and structured to have military training incorporated in their daily lives.

Expertise in the use of medieval weapon such as Dagger and understanding the strategy of Middle Age warfare was crucial and played an important part in Medieval Life. Dagger training include practicing new moves, accuracy, defending, and managing battles including close contact fights using Dagger .

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