Medieval practical daggers
The dagger is symbolically ambiguous. It may be associated with cowardice and treachery due to the ease of concealment and surprise that someone could inflict with one on an unsuspecting victim—many assassinations were reportedly carried out using one. Victims of such assassinations included Julius Caesar, who suffered from 23 stab wounds from irate members of the Roman Senate. A cloak and daggerattack is one in which a deceitful, traitorous, or concealed enemy attacks a person. On the other hand, the dagger may symbolically suggest a determination to become courageously close to the enemy.