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PostPosted: Wed 28 May, 2014 2:46 pm    Post subject: Castillon dagger reproduction         Reply with quote

Hi All,

I another thread I posted up a picture of a dagger excavated from Castillon. This dagger is particularly notable because of its blade length at 18"/450mm and also because of the massive section at the hilt of 1"x 5/8" or 25mmx15mm.

I love the severe austerity of the piece and its single minded design for purpose and I hope you all like to too.

The only photo I had is this one and so there were some holes in my knowledge, but thanks to Peter Jonhsson for helping out with some aspects.

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That is absolutely fantastic. What a great example, too. I'm glad to see it made again.
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PostPosted: Wed 28 May, 2014 3:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's more like an ice pick than a dagger/short sword.
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PostPosted: Wed 28 May, 2014 5:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautiful. I love it!
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I love that! Fantastic design.
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PostPosted: Thu 29 May, 2014 8:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Beautifully done. I find that piece very interesting. That incredibly thick, square blade makes it an alternative to a rondel dagger?
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PostPosted: Fri 30 May, 2014 5:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Tod,

I forgot to inquire about the date of this example. I know I should know this. I would guess late 14th. c.
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PostPosted: Fri 30 May, 2014 7:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Roger Hooper wrote:
Beautifully done. I find that piece very interesting. That incredibly thick, square blade makes it an alternative to a rondel dagger?


It would be an alternative to any rondel dagger with a thick square blade, or a ballock dagger with similar blade. Happy Rondel daggers, ballock daggers, and quillon daggers can all have a lot of variety in the blade, from single-edged to nearly square.

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Jeremy V. Krause wrote:
Hi Tod,

I forgot to inquire about the date of this example. I know I should know this. I would guess late 14th. c.


The cut-off text on the page in one of Tod's pics says mid 15th century. If this is from the Castillon hoard, that would put it around the date of that battle (1453). It could date a little earlier, though.

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PostPosted: Fri 30 May, 2014 7:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tod,
I just love this. It's right up my alley.

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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jun, 2014 1:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks very much everyone.

The dagger is certainly substantial enough to act as a rondel; it really is a very formidable piece and as Chad pointed out is recovered from Castillon - 1453. If I remember correctly the dating was given as 1400-1450.

It was a commission piece.

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PostPosted: Fri 06 Jun, 2014 4:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Tod,

Usually I have been somewhat disinterested in these 'flimsy' looking daggers... Just happened to check this one out...
Now I must say "Wow! Now THAT'S a Dagger!" Somehow I have never realized what kind of crowbars some of them - like this one - have been!
In spite of its simple (and of course well executed) looks, a VERY impressive weapon, Sir!

I guess I must start looking at these daggers with little more respect and interest...

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