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Henrik D





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PostPosted: Sat 18 Aug, 2018 6:10 pm    Post subject: "German hunting/fighting" dagger         Reply with quote

Hello all, long time lurker here, and now i need a bit of help identifying the source for a dagger. I have a friend that bought a curved, single egded dagger, and was tod by the seller that it was a copy of a german 15/16th century hunting/fighting dagger. He wanted me to make a simple sheath for it and since i liked the shape i made a slightly longer copy for my self while i had it.

The problem now is that i find it interisting enough to replace my old reenactment dagger as a "daily driver" while on mediavel fairs, so i need to find a plausible source for it. After spending some days looking around the net, aswell as my library i have seen 2 possible matches. One is a closed action listing that have some of the right shape, the other is a drawing from “An Illustrated History of Arms and Armour: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time,” by Auguste Demmin, where the blade seems to match, which calls it "Iron dagger, about 19 1/2 inches long, end of the fourteenth century".

So if anyone in here can pitch in with an idea, it would make me a happy man.
I have included a few pics, if better are needed just say so, total lenght is ~16,5 inches.



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Michael P. Smith




Location: Muncie, Indiana
Joined: 11 Jul 2018

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PostPosted: Sat 18 Aug, 2018 6:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The reference is very old... late 19th century. I would be skeptical. I'm not an expert, but I do not recall a similar weapon as a fighting knife. Maybe some of the other great minds here has seen something similar. The closest thing I can think of is the Bauernwehr, like this one:

https://myArmoury.com/dagg_tod_bauernwehr.html


But I don't think I've seen one with that shape.
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