Eric McHugh Rondel Dagger
Original: Inspired by an example in the Musem of London
This rondel dagger
was made by Eric HcHugh, the former head of research and development at Albion Armorers
. It is one of the first projects he did under author and researcher Peter Johnsson's mentoring.
The goal of this project was to make a sidearm suitable for an archer: the sort of weapon that is the length of a short sword that could be used to save an archer's life during a rout or deployment. Another objective for Eric was to create an interesting and complex hollow-ground blade.
As shown in the illustration, the blade has a trapezoidal cross-section. Each of its four faces is hollow-ground and the two "edges" are sharpened.
The blade and hilt fittings are all hand-forged. The blade is made from 1095 steel. After the rondels were in place and everything was permanently peened together, the grip was created. It is made of two pieces of stabilized birch sandwiched over the tang, bound with a very fine linen cord, and covered with leather.
Overall length: 25.5"
Weight: 1.4 pounds
Blade: 21.5" long; 1.25" wide tapering to 1.25"
Hilt length: 4.375"
Maker: Eric McHugh.
Inspired by some of the long rondel daggers seen worn by archers in historical art such as this example.
This item has been retired from the collection.