The Tannery archaeology site. Historical Interpretation Centre of Medieval Granollers

Left-handed dagger

Left-handed dagger, 17th to 18th centuries, steel, 58.8 × 29.6 × 5 cm. Photo: MDG

Left-handed dagger, 17th to 18th centuries, steel, 58.8 × 29.6 × 5 cm. Photo: MDG

This is a kind of left-handed dagger meant to be used with the left hand as a complement to the sword held in the right. It was basically used to help, primarily to block a sword thrust from the rival or to injure them with the blade. The holes and dentation of the guard reflected the new fencing techniques, consisting not only of stopping the blow but also blocking the sword within the dentation and, with a precise arm movement, twisting and breaking the tip of the rival’s sword.

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