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Middle Ages - Lords and Ladies

Meaning of Dagger

Meaning of Dagger - it was a knife with a narrow blade and two lethal cutting edges. The Dagger was used to stab rather than cut. The Dagger was predominantly used by a Medieval Knight. The weapons, armor and horse of the Knight were extremely expensive - the fighting power of just one knight was worth 10 ordinary soldiers.

Description of Dagger
The weapons used during the Middle Ages include the Dagger. The description of the Dagger which provides basic facts and information about the weapon is as follows:

  • The Dagger - The Dagger was the earliest of the Medieval weapons
  • The Dagger had a two-edged blade measuring 5-10 inches long tapered to a point
  • The total length of the Dagger ranged from 9 - 15 inches
  • The Medieval Dagger weighed relatively little compared to other hand weapons
  • It was used as close contact weapon
  • The weapon was primarily used for stabbing an opponent and was capable of killing an enemy in a single stroke stroke
  • Type or group of weapons - Cutting Weapon

Dagger Training
Skill in the use of Medieval weapons and understanding the strategy of Medieval Warfare was necessary and a played a vital part in Medieval life. The Dagger training required by a Knight was minimum - it was necessary for them to become expert swordsmen but little training was needed for the daggar. Skill in using Medieval weapons, including Dagger training was necessary for every Medieval Knight. A Knight was trained first as a Page from the age of 7 to 14 and then as Squire from the age of 14 to 21. Also refer to Pell Training.

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