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It is easy to guess why the name of Ballock dagger is related to. This kind of daggers were also called ´kidney dagger´ in the Victorian era, and seems to emerge in the early 14th century in which we can see some examples in effigies that suggests a knightly and warrior use. However, it´s known that with the time the Ballock Dagger were used by merchants, craftsmen and even peasants. The Ballock Dagger can be considered one of the kinds with a longer lifespan, appearing in the14th century and being in use yet in the 18th century by the Scots in form of phallic-like dirks.
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.