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The stiletto was also called misericordia (literally "mercy") began to gain fame during the High Middle Ages, when it was the secondary weapon of knights. It was used to discomfit a fallen or severely wounded heavily armoured opponent. The thin blade could easily pass through most mail or find its way through tiny gaps in a knight's plate armour.
A severely wounded opponent, who was not expected to survive, would be given a "mercy strike" (French coup de grace), hence the name "misericordia". Later the Gunner's Stiletto became a tool for clearing cannon-fuse touch holes. Used like an automotive oil dip stick, they were often scribed with marks indicating levels of powder charges for ranging distance.comes from the Latin word stilus meaning: "a stake; a pointed instrument".
The Misericorde Dagger was used to dispatch knights who had received mortal wounds, which were not always quickly fatal in the age of bladed combat; it could also be used as a means of killing an active adversary, as during a grappling struggle. The blade could be pushed through the visor or eye holes in the helm with the aim of piercing the brain, or thrust through holes or weak points in plate armor, such as under the arm, with the aim of piercing the heart.
Please read also our: Directions for the use of bladed weapons.
Dear customers from Switzerland, we are very sorry that we cannot deliver swords, daggers, sabres, maces, combat axes, flails etc. to your country. We meet with bureaucratic obstacles at all products that either are or just look as a weapon again and again. We receive all consignments to Switzerland automatically back with an explanation "subject to the import permit." Our logistics partners told us the following: "both goods that are sold only to persons over 18 years and goods that merely look as weapons are subject to import permit. (For example: toy guns are sellable without restrictions in Switzerland, BUT are subject to import permit issued by the Swiss authorities!)". We have found only the following solutions so far: (1) The customer secures collection at our address in the Czech Republic himself (his logistic partner can handle this procedure better), (2) the customer gives us a delivery address in the EU. The disadvantage is that we have to charge the VAT tax in both cases.