Lexicon of Medieval Knives or Daggers

The following weapons are classified as knives or daggers. This is only a partial listing. If you have any items to add or if you find an incorrect entry, please email me.

A B C D
F H J K
M P R S
T Z  

 


 

 

A

acinaces

short sword shaped like a scimitar

B

bade-bade

curved blade knife with an edge on the concave side
bank double-edged knife with a sickle-shaped blade
barong broad, single-edged blades with curved handles
batardeau single edged knife carried in a pocket on a sword's sheath
bayu double edged knife with pistol grip
beladau knife with a convex blade
bodkin thrusting dagger or stiletto
bracelet dagger straight, double-edged weapon; wrist bracelet was attached to the scabbard so the weapon could be worn on the forearm and concealed under clothing
bundi katari dagger with a long, grooved blade

C

chilanum double-curved, double-edged dagger
cinquedea normally drawn and used in left hand
cuchillo folding knife with a leaf-shaped blade

D

dirk straight-bladed scottish knife with a conical grip and single edge

F

falx supina roman sickle
fantail dagger wide-tipped slashing knife

H

haladie double dagger with curved blades
harmidashi single-edged, slightly curved knife
harpe curved knife with a large spur on the cutting edge
himogatana thrusting dagger

J

jambiya knife with a curved, double-edged blade

K

karambit curved knife, or tiger claw type weapon; held with the blade facing downwards and the curved point to the right
katar bank double-curved, single-edged dagger
katar dorlicaneh fork bladed katar
khanjar dagger with a slightly double-curved blade and pistol grip
khanjarli double-edged, double-curved knife with a knuckle guard and wide pommel; blade is normally deeply grooved
kidney dagger european knife with a heavy thrusting blade attached to a round wooden handle
kira quartz-bladed knife
kubikiri slightly curved, single-edged knife used for cutting off the head of a slain enemy
kudi crescent-shaped knife
kukri heavy, curved blade
kwaiken slightly curved, single, or double-edged dagger

M

main gauche european left-hand dagger used as a guard when fencing
mandaya leaf-shaped, double edged-knife
mattucashlass small scottish dagger carried under the armpit
maushtika short indian thrusting knife
misercorde a slender dagger used in the Middle Ages for giving the death stroke (coup de grace) to a wounded knight
moplah broad-bladed, double-edged knife

P

pahua double-edged, wooden dagger; fastened to wrist by a cord at the handle
parang ginah sickle-shaped knife with no guard
pesh-kabz thin dagger with a t-sectioned blade; designed for puncturing mail armor
phurbu three-winged blade
poignard small thrusting dagger with a square or triangular sectioned blade

R

raut slightly curved, single-edged knife with a pistol grip
roundel dagger  thrusting knife with a diamond section; guard and pommel are two parallel, facing disks which give the weapon its name

S

sabit sickle knife
skain straight-bladed, double- edged irish dagger
stiletto european thrusting dagger

T

tadji thin-bladed thrusting knife
tjaluk heavily curved, single- edged knife
triple dagger spring operated european parrying knife used by fencers
tuba curve hilted, straight-edged knife

Z

zirah bouk heavy mail piercing knife

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