Arms & Armor Rondel Dagger
Original: Circa 1379, as depicted in an Italian fresco
, named for the disc-shaped plates used in place of guard and/or pommel, were popular throughout the late Middle Ages as a sidearm of both knight and common man. The discs could be round or other shapes (hexagonal, octagonal, etc.) and could also be layered with wood or other metals.
Arms & Armor's Rondel Dagger is based on one pictured in a late 14th century Italian fresco and shows a great deal of panache
. Rather than flat discs for the rondels, this dagger has steel rondels of a scalloped hexagonal shape, fluted on top. The stabilized ash grip is six-sided as well, and its flutes spiral away from the lower rondel, providing a secure grip that is also attractive.
The blade is nearly .25 inch thick and is single-edged, as many originals were. The last 2.45 inches of its spine is beveled to form a false edge. The sturdy blade of 6150 steel is sharp as well, and would be lethal in cut or thrust.
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Overall length: 17.125"
Weight: .65 pounds
Width of lower rondel: 1.375"
Width of upper rondel: 1.875"
Blade: 12.5" long; 1.125" wide tapering to .25"
Grip and rondels: 4.5"
Maker: Arms & Armor
This item has been retired from the collection.