The rondel dagger evolved from knightly daggers in the 14th century. The round guard and pommel facilitated streamlined carry and the rondel dagger became the standard-issue sidearm for knights in the 15th century. The strong, sharply tapered blade was perfect for thrusting through chain mail and being forced between the joints of plate armor and helmets (the remains of King Richard III, unearthed from underneath a parking lot in England in 2012, bear evidence of a roundel wound to the head). Eventually, rondels became the dagger of choice for the middle class, being worn by tradesmen and merchants.
This Santoprene training version is copied from one of the more ornate examples and has a triangular blade with a round, knobbed tip for safety. The pommel and guard are beautifully fluted floret-themed disks. The cylindrical grip is cross-hatched and has small pimples for a secure grip. Perfect for solo practice, training drills, disarming drills, and LARPing. Designed to provide a historical practice weapon with a feel that's as realistic as possible. One-piece construction, stiff Santoprene rubber. View more Cold Steel products