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Peloponnesian Dagger

#404463
$139.95

This dagger is copied from an original that dates from the 9th -7th century BC. The blade is bronze with a full profile tang The original likely had wood scales, we've used bone because we like how the color contrasts with bronze. The slim handle is scalloped to aid grip during a thrust. We designed a sheath with a highly embellished bronze throat and tip and three square medallions. A bronze ring is attached for lashing the sheath to a belt. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.
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OVERVIEW

Circa 9th -7th century BC

In 431 BC, Sparta, a city on the Greek peninsula of Peloponnese, declared war on Athens and its growing power. Sparta and the Peloponnesian League encircled Athens and destroyed its food supply. Athens brought its population inside the city walls, creating a disastrous situation that resulted in a plaque wiping out a third of its people and army, including General Pericles and his sons. Sparta became a leading power in Greece. This dagger is copied from an original in our possession (which is pictured above) that dates from the 9th -7th century BC-older than the Peloponnesian War but a design that was still in vogue at the time.

The blade is bronze with a full profile tang like the original. The original likely had wood scales (which would have rotted). We've used bone because we like how the color contrasts with bronze. The handle is very slim and is scalloped to aid grip during a thrust. The crescent-shaped pommel is an integral part of the tang and is flush with the scales. We've designed the sheath to be worthy of nobility (the original dagger doesn't have one), with a highly embellished bronze throat and tip and three square medallions. The inside of the sheath is wood and covered with leather. A bronze ring is attached for lashing the sheath to a belt. A unique weapon suitable for any historical collection. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.

SPECIFICATIONS

Attribute nameAttribute value
Overall Length11"
Blade Length7"
Blade Width1-1/4"
Blade Thickness1/4"
Blade MaterialBronze
Weight6 oz
EdgeUnsharpened
EngravingUnavailable

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Overpriced letter opener
Well, I got it today. Unsharpened is an understatement. Came very dull and with an all over matte black coating on the blade, not the bronze with a fade to black on the edges. So dull it wouldn't make a decent letter opener, so I Flitz polished the blade to reveal the bronze underneath but left some of the coating, and took my Accusharp to the edges. It created sort of a chattered stairstep edge so I broke out my Lansky, which was a pain because of the steep angle it wouldn't stay put in the clamp and kept popping out. I ended up just using the different stones and tried to gauge the angle by eye. It's still not sharp by any definition, but at least the edges aren't rounded. It's not a large dagger...7" blade and I included a Tod Cutler dagger for size.

The sheath is leather but fairly thick and seems solid. The handle is WAY too thin. I know they based it on something that looked like that, but it's like trying to grip a pencil. The bone is whiter on one side and a bit discolored on the other. The bone also has a chip on the corner where it should go up to the blade. The dagger is full tang though. I'd be careful not to drop it because the bone layer is fairly thin and would probably crack if it hit something hard or was dropped. If it looks a bit skewed, yeah, it is. The bottom area (not calling it a pommel) isn't perpendicular to the top where the blade starts.

Personally, not sure what I was expecting though, after I bought it, I had a feeling it was a mistake. It's ok if you want an interesting letter opener if you're willing to sharpen it a bit and can get one for $40 or so. That's all I feel it's worth with materials and build quality. With retail at $140 it was a stupid impulse buy.
- Richard, April 19, 2022
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Hi - We are sorry you are not happy with this dagger and would like to address a few of your comments. The blade is bronze. When bronze is exposed to the elements, it will oxidize and develop a discoloration. This patina is a natural, harmless occurrence. As this was copied from an original, the dimensions of the grip are historically accurate which may be different from what you are looking for.  Most probably this dagger was meant for ceremonial purposes rather than combat. The bone used for the grip is also a natural product so the colors can vary.
- MRL Team

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