Parrying Dagger (pugnale bolognese), ca. 1550–75

Italian Parry Dagger

Italian Parry Dagger

Wt. 15 oz. (425 g)

Designed to be used together with a rapier, this dagger is fitted with a side  ring, recurved quillons, and a depression at the base of one side of the blade  to accommodate the thumb and facilitate a firmer grip. The waves in the blade  may be intended to act like “speed bumps” in breaking the impact of a blow from  an opponent’s blade. The piercing of the fullers (grooves) is a decorative  motif.

Source:  Parrying dagger (pugnale bolognese) [Italian] (26.145.94) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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