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Old 04-28-2009, 08:17 AM
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Swiss dagger?

Saw the above knife in KI yesterday. The ad says it is a Swiss dagger. I did some searching but didn?t find anything on it that wasn?t on the above knife or a different knife.

Any info on it?


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Old 04-28-2009, 01:42 PM
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Its an old design called a Baselard, been in use since 1300 or so, maybe longer. Some made it up to sword-sized. I've always had a liking for them...
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:59 PM
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Swiss baselard from late 1400's on up. Also known as a Boker swiss dagger and Holbein dagger in it's later form. More people recognize it as the Nazi dagger and don't realize those were just a modernized version of a centuries old design. The Nazi WWII helms are also a modern take on a German sallet helm of the 1500's.

Here's a nice original:

I pretty sure I have some books with some museum pieces also if you're interested.

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Old 04-28-2009, 07:13 PM
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Here's a nice one from the 16th century

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