German Quillon Dagger with Leather Sheath, 16th century
The late medieval / Renaissance quillon dagger owes its name to the shape of its guard, which was essentially a scaled down version of the crossguards (double quillons) found on the swords of the time. Often equipped with a protruding ring or half ring on one side of the guard, this particular type of dagger was devised to parry or block enemy blades in close-quarters combat, and its sharply tapered blade with pointed tip was ideal for piercing padded armour and chain mail or stabbing the opponent through the joints of his plate armour. Usually carried as a companion sidearm to a sword or rapier, and appearing in many variations, the parrying dagger enjoyed great popularity with knights, landsknechte (the notorious, mostly German mercenaries of the late 15th and 16th c.) and even wealthy townsmen.
The handsome thrusting weapon we offer here is based on an original early 16th c. example (approx. 1510-1540) that belongs to the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York City. The blade is made of EN45 spring steel, has a diamond cross-section and tapers to a needle-sharp point. The cutting edges are not sharpened and the tang is screwed to the pommel (top nut). The artfully crafted guard and pommel are made of antiqued brass and the grip itself is carved from wood. The guard features slightly flared quillons and a B-shaped side ring, and the hexagonal pommel flares upwards to a flat, ornate butt cap.
This landsknecht dagger / knightly dagger comes complete with a vegetable-tanned, neatly stitched leather sheath equipped with nicely adorned antiqued brass fittings (a chape terminating in a button finial and a throat with articulated suspension rings for attachment to a belt).
Please note that this Renaissance dagger is not a battle ready weapon. It is designed as a collector’s or decoration/display piece and is not suited for combat reenactment. Besides its quality as a collectible, it is also perfectly suited as a prop, e.g. to complete your costume.
– Material: EN45 spring steel blade (high carbon steel, not stainless), antiqued brass pommel and guard with parrying ring, wooden handle
– Overall length: approx. 36.5 cm
– Blade length: approx. 25 cm
– Blade thickness: approx. 4.5 mm / 3.7 mm (cutting edges approx. 0.6 mm)
– Hilt length: approx. 11.5 cm (grip approx. 8 cm)
– Max. blade width: approx. 1.9 cm
– Point of balance: approx. -0.5 cm (on the grip, just behind the guard)
– Incl. genuine leather sheath with antiqued brass fittings and carrying rings
– Weight without sheath: approx. 210 g
– Weight with sheath: approx. 270 g