Updated: Jan 15, 2021
Rondel Daggers were a type of stiff-bladed dagger in Europe during the late Middle ages (14th century onwards), used by a variety of people from merchants to knights. The Rondel Dagger's blade was typically long and slim with a tapering needle point for penetrating armour and cloth. The dagger gets its name from the circular "round" disks that form the guard and pommel. Rondel daggers were worn at the waist and while many are not suited for cutting, or use as a utility tool; they would have been worn as a side-arm in battle as a thrusting weapon, foreshadowing the appearance of the stiletto in the 16th century.
Inspired by a number of originals, this rondel dagger was crafted by Iron John Logan for his love of historical geometry and his passion for exploring lost and rare construction techniques not often seen by modern makers. It is made of brass, silver, wrought iron and steel. The stiff triangular blade of forge welded pile construction wrought iron and 1075 steel features a hand dovetailed brass inlay at the forte (including maker's touchmark). The geometry and historical construction created a great stabbing blade, but will not support sharp edges. Grip is holloware of brass and silver with hand forged and filed wrought iron rondels. 16inch blade/21inch overall, balance 1inch forward of hilt. Heavy but solid feel in the hand at 1 pound 11oz.
Dagger comes with certificate of authenticity denoting maker, date, and that it is a one-of-a-kind piece of original art.