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Rondel daggers are a staple of fencing manuals- they are widely represented, even after their popularity started to dwindle.
There is a huge variation of the rondel daggers, as their size ranges from compact, delicate pieces to weapons that could easily be seen as short swords.It allows for a lot of creative freedom while designing this particular style of dagger.
Our interpretation is loosely based on antique daggers from the early 16th century. While the originals often had full-steel hilts, we opted for walnut for this iteration. The lower rondel is slightly smaller than the upper one, and has a projection bent towards the blade. Apart from it, Sigmund is our first blunt dagger for HEMA practice!
The blunt blade is hand-ground from 8mm thick 6150 steel with a short ricasso and a subtly hollow-ground cross-section. The tip is left at almost full thickness in part to simulate the reinforced points of some originals, and in part to ensure that the blade is safe during drills.
The tang is peened over a separate peen block on the upper rondel.
We are currently working on the revised version of the Sigmund dagger. If you order Sigmund now, you may expect the following upgrades:
- hilt accessories upgraded to brass,
- wood upgraded to cherry,
- possible bottom disc change to a floral shape.
To keep the authentic feel and affordable price, we allow some slight variation when it comes to the hilt accessories - it means that no two weapons are the same. They will differ and show marks of hammering, as the antique weapons do. Additionally, in our designs we use organic materials which may vary in texture and hue.
We follow the philosophy of design from the past- hardly any weapons were made pristine. They bore signs of swordmaker's tools, hours of filing and hard work which makes for a unique signature of the maker, and their relationship with the weapon they forge. It means that our pieces are unique, and no two weapons are the same.
The weapon is a practice dagger for solo practice and technical drills, perfect for Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) and reenactment.