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.

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Venetian Stiletto

Venetian Stiletto

Detail 61,00 € In stock

Dagger Emma

Dagger Emma

Detail 62,00 € In stock

Dagger Isabel

Dagger Isabel

Detail 62,00 € In stock

Dagger Elizabeth

Dagger Elizabeth

Detail 86,00 € In stock

Dagger Ester

Dagger Ester

Detail 62,00 € 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 181,00 € 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.

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