Stilettos and slender daggers

A stiletto is a short knife or dagger with a long slender blade of various designs primarily used as a stabbing weapon. Its narrow shape, ending in a rigid pointed end, allows it to penetrate deeply. Most stilettos are not suited for cutting, even with edged examples. A typical early stiletto had a one-piece cast-metal handle. The blade was hammer-forged in a triangular blade cross section without any sharpened edges. Other examples have round, square, and diamond cross sections.

Dagger Emma

Dagger Emma

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Dagger Isabel

Dagger Isabel

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Dagger Elizabeth

Dagger Elizabeth

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Dagger Ester

Dagger Ester

Detail 60,00 € 4 Weeks

Venetian Stiletto

Venetian Stiletto

Detail 86,00 € 4 Weeks

Ladies Dagger

Ladies Dagger

Detail 86,00 € 16 Weeks

Medieval Feasting Dagger

Medieval Feasting Dagger

Detail 95,00 € 16 Weeks

Thief´s Dagger

Thief´s Dagger

Detail 95,00 € 16 Weeks

Misericorde Dagger

Misericorde Dagger

Detail 176,00 € 6 Weeks

Stiletto

The Italian word "stiletto" comes from the Latin stilus meaning: "a stake; a pointed instrument". The stiletto, also called a misericorde ("mercy"), began to gain fame during the High Middle Ages, when it was the secondary weapon of knights. It was used to finish off a fallen or severely wounded heavily armored opponent. The pointed, stout blade could easily pass through most mail or find its way through gaps in a knight's plate armor. A severely wounded opponent, who was not expected to survive, would be given a "mercy strike" (French coup de grâce), hence the name miséricorde. Later the Gunner's Stiletto became a tool for clearing cannon-fuse touch holes; used in the manner of an automotive oil dipstick, they were often scribed with marks indicating levels of powder charges for ranging distance.

Advisory Service: Questions and Answers

What is the difference between industrially rolled and hand-forged blades?

In the case of hand-forged blades, our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it by hand on the anvil or under the drop hammer. The steel gets more solid (denser) by forging. In the case of industrially rolled spring steel blades, the sheets of steel plate is cut to strips under drop snips, then ground or milled and immediately forged into the annealing furnace and oil-quenched. The properties of both kinds of steels are not very different, since industrial rolling is already very good! On forged blades are usually blacksmith marks, which give them an authentic and unique look.

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